Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:

Reader C.T. sent in this recommendation: I highly recommend The Earthling as a DVD worth watching and owning. It’s a great job of acting by William Holden and Ricky Schroder. A dying man must teach a young kid to survive before the man dies in the Australian wilds. These two actors are the only ones on screen for 75% of the movie. The movie has many object lessons on surviving on your own. o o o SurvivalBlog reader SMW sent in a recommendation for The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz. This is a true story written in the first person by the leader of a small band of prisoners who made a winter escape from a Soviet Siberian labor camp to trek 4000 miles to freedom in India. This is a “can’t-put-it-down” read. The author was a captured Polish Infantry officer. It’s a tale of incredible survival with minimal provision and extreme odds. The book was made into a movie a few years back, titled The Way Back with Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess. o o o Book recommendations from Reader DMS: A true amazing story that took almost six years. A Walk Across America and The Walk West by … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life, by Travis Stork Movies: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Now also available with Amazon Prime.) 97% Owned (Documentary on the global debt-based monetary system. Note that although the producers of this film obviously have a leftist bias, the information included about how modern “money” is created is correct. Amazon Prime members can watch it free.) Television: Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl (Now available with Amazon Prime.) 1916: The Irish Rebellion. (Now available with Amazon Prime.) Music: The Essential Guy Clark Firefly Soundtrack (Greg Edmondson) Instructional Videos: Active Self Defense YouTube Channel. (Thanks to reader Peter S. for the link suggestion.) Dave Delany: Winter Survival Shelter under a large conifer Podcasts: Folk Alley’s AlleyCast SGT Report Gear: (Both of the following Glock pistol home armorer tools were recommended to me by Tamara at the great View From the Porch blog. They work great!) Truglo Glock Front Sight Installation Tool Ameriglo Sight Pusher Tool for Most Glock Models, Angled Sided

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton Earth Abides by George R. Stewart Movies: Seabiscuit Victory at Sea (The complete documentary series on three DVDs) Television: Survivors (The BBC remake of the Terry Nation television series. This series shows lots of poor choices, which are self-evident. Lesson one: Be armed, constantly.) John Adams (Miniseries) Music: Cold Mountain Soundtrack 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Hank Williams Instructional Videos: Gunsmithing – How to Clean a Rifle Barrel Presented by Larry Potterfield How to Field Strip a Glock JWR Adds this safety tip: Safe gun clearance is crucial with Glocks because the pistol must be dry-fired before field stripping. Gear: Trijicon RS20-C-1900008 AccuPower 3-9×40 Riflescope Yaesu FT-857D Amateur Radio Transceiver – HF, VHF, UHF All-Mode 100 Watt

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future, by Mark Levin The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Movies: I Am David (“Chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp.”) The Truman Show Television: How Should We Then Live? (This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s spectacular ten-part series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective.) 24: Redemption (Starring Kiefer Sutherland.) Music: Louis Armstrong: The Definitive Collection Lynyrd Skynyrd – All Time Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: FLIR Factory Trip and Thermal Discussion Franklin Armory BFSiii (Gen3 BFS) Trigger Install & Function Test Podcasts: Radio Free Redoubt The Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot Gear: Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 Terabyte Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 Panasonic CF-30 Rugged Toughbook (Windows 7) Touchscreen With 4GB RAM and 1TB Hard Drive. (Refurbished Toughbooks are quite reasonably priced.)

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Later made into a feature film of the same name, now available on DVD.) Fool’s Talk by Os Guiness Young Men and FireYoung Men and Fire by Norman MacLean Movies: Sully. Tom Hanks plays pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who made an emergency water landing on the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers. Lone Survivor. (Mark Wahlberg plays Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.) Television: 12 Monkeys A time traveler from 2043 attempts to prevent a global pandemic that killed seven billion people, by traveling back to our present day. Originally aired on the SyFy channel. Season 1 is now available on Hulu.com. Both Season 1 (available now) and Season 2 (pre-order for shipment in January) on are on DVD from Amazon.com. Note: This series is a much more detailed storyline than in the feature film of the same name that starred Bruce Willis. Dark Matter. This sci-fi series is not quite Firefly but something close. Music: Jean Michel Jarre: Recollection Afro-Celt Sound System: Capture 1995-2010 Instructional Videos: John Heisz: My Top Ten Workshop Projects Money Making Welding Projects – 3 Point Carryalls (Three Parts) Magazines: Molly Green Backwoodsman Blogs: Notes From The Bunker The Survivalist Blog … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Ideas, by Sarah Latimer

For so many of us who are inspired to give gifts this time of year to let our loved ones know we care, we are running out of time. However, if you have access to Amazon (and money/available credit), you still have time and I have a few recommendations. For The Homestead Gardener On Your List- Garden Rocker or the Hula Ho I look for ways to do things as comfortably as possible while also being efficient. There are two products that have been great tools, for efficiency and for saving my back and knees. They may be well appreciated by someone on your gift list. Bending up and down is difficult on my back, so when I’m going to work low to the ground or in the soil itself, I prefer to have a comfortable, low seat from which to do this. If I sat on the ground, I’d crush some plants, as my rows are narrow in order to maximize the produce grown in my limited garden space. I don’t want to have to get the tractor out to haul a wheelchair-like device to my garden in order for me to work in my garden comfortably. Something large … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: EMP-Hardened Radio Communications by William Prepperdoc. (This newly-released paperback and e-book was written by a SurvivalBlog reader. I volunteered to write the book’s Foreword, but I have no financial interest in the publishing project.) Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (by Bill O’Reilly) Movies: Terminator Genisys. Yes, it often seems like an “in joke” and you will have to suspend disbelief at several junctures, but this movie ties together the other Terminator films fairly well. Love & Mercy. A biography of the very talented but psychologically troubled Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson. Television: The Last Ship A global pandemic drama, from the perspective of the crew of a fictional new class of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer. (Loosely based on the Flight IIA variant Arleigh Burke class DDG, but with a smaller crew—much simplified, for television.) Originally aired on the TNT network. Now available via Hulu.com or on DVD from Amazon. Based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley. 11.22.63 (A time travel tale with a twist. Available via Hulu.com or on DVD from Amazon. Based on the novel by Stephen King.) Instructional Videos: Lloyd Kahn on his NorCal self-reliant half-acre … Continue reading

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Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:

Reader C.J. writes in: “I just watched “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America” (I read the book several years ago and of course the book is better). Although I am of Scots-Irish descent, it would at least be interesting for those that are not of Scots-Irish descent. The Scots history of independence from England and why they ended up in Ireland and ultimately America is ingrained in so much of traditional American culture. Religious freedom, hard working, self-reliant, “give me freedom or give me death” types. o o o Recommended by Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog’s Senior Product Review Editor: Museums, veterans keep memory of Pearl Harbor alive 75 years after attacks (6 minute video). o o o Reader C.D. recommended The Earthling as a DVD worth watching and owning. A great job of acting by William Holden and Ricky Schroder. A dying man must teach a young kid to survive before the man dies in the Australian wilds. These two actors are the only ones on screen for 75% of the movie. The movie has many object lessons on surviving on your own.

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden Gunsmithing the AR-15, The Bench Manual, by Patrick Sweeney Movies: God’s Not Dead Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition Television: Mossad 101 (In Hebrew, with English subtitles. Caution: Has some coarse language and immoral situations.) Available on Netflix. Person of Interest (Aired for five seasons.) Available on Netflix and also on DVD, from Amazon.com. Instructional Videos: Living Off the Grid is Harder Than You Think How To Butcher A Whole Loin Of Venison (Scott Rea) Magazines: Backwoods Home Concealed Carry Blogs: The Survival Mom Survival Cache Podcasts: The Courageous Life (a former Marine and his wife describe their back-to-the-land life in north Idaho.) The Art of Manliness

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My 10 Favorite “Motivational” Movies For Preppers

This list is not comprehensive, and reflects my quirky taste in movies. Please note that because they depict times of deep drama that none of these are suitable for viewing by children. While the tactics and techniques portrayed are not always realistic, these films at least provide some good motivation for preppers. They each have their merits. If nothing else, they all definitely have the requisite “Oo-rah” quotient. They are listed in alphabetical order: Braveheart Defiance Farewell To The King The Great Escape Jeremiah Johnson The Magnificent Seven (The original, not the recent re-make!) The Pianist The Postman Red Dawn (The 1984-vintage original, not the re-make!) Shooter If you don’t already have these movies in your DVD or Blu-Ray collection, then shop around and get your own copies. – JWR

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12 Important Books Every Well-Prepared Family Should Own

One question that I frequently hear from my consulting clients is: “What reference books am I missing from my bookshelf?” The following are the “must have” books that I highly recommend: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (See review, below) Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon Ball Blue Book of Preserving Cookin’ with Home Storage by Vicki Tate Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook by David Werner Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearney (Available for free download.) The Alpha Strategy by John Pugsley (Out of print, but a PDF is available for free download.) Boston’s Gun Bible by Boston T. Party (See review, below) Survival Guns by Mel Tappan Tappan on Survival by Mel Tappan This list is just a start. See our Bookshelf static web page, for many more suggestions. – JWR

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Lodgson How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyleby Charles Long Movies: Bridge of Spies The Way Back Music: Tempest: Prime Cuts The Waifs: Sun Dirt Water Podcasts: Gritty Bowmen (Start with Episode 173: Bear Attack.) The Wired To Hunt Podcast: Episode #49: Making A Living in the Outdoor Industry Instructional Videos: The Art of the Dynamic Handgun Practical Concealed Carry–Lenny Magill Gear: Bushnell Night Watch with Built in Infrared Monocular. (Your basic “entry level” night vission scope.) Trijicon ACOG TA31-D-100367 4x 32 Dual Illuminated Green Horseshoe Dot .223 BAC Reticle Scope

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