JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival, by Creek Stewart Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel, by James Rollins Movies: Last of the Dogmen The African Queen Television: Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles Band Of Brothers Music: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Movie Soundtrack Marty Robbins: All-Time Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: Bushcraft Dump Pouch (Make Your Own) Canadian Prepper: After the Collapse: Surviving in Canada- (SHTF Canada- West Coast/BC)–Part of a video series …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: All Wrapped Up In Paracord: Knife and Tool Wraps, Survival Bracelets, And More Projects With Parachute Cord The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II Movies: Braveheart Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics (Seven Samurai / The Hidden Fortress / Yojimbo / Sanjuro) (The Criterion Collection) Television: The Pacific The Civil War (Ken Burns Documentary) Music: The Very Best of Ralph Stanley Jonas Kaufmann: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner Instructional Videos: Build Your Own Copper Coil Alcohol Burner Stove Wall Tent Platform Build JWR’s Comment: Be sure …




Letter Re: Intellectual Survival

HJL, This is a great article and a tremendous gap in most survival discussions! We prepare not to just survive but to thrive in the aftermath of a disaster, and I assume we all have or are trying to have children. Imagine how dark the world will become if we let the light of western civilization sputter and die on our watch. If we are to make a difference, if we are to keep our values and our philosophy alive, we need books. My parents invested in a complete collection of the Harvard Classics. One summer, recovering from a football …




Intellectual Survival, by D.W.

“Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.”[1] -Blaise Pascal “It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs, but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.”[2] -Aristotle Imagine for a moment, you have just finished eating dinner with your family. You have been living without power for months. You planned for this, of course. …




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance by Vin Suprynowicz All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew Movies: Duck Soup The Maltese Falcon Television: Jericho Firefly Music: The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music Rags to Riches the Essential Hits [of Scott Joplin] Instructional Videos: AR-15 Upgrades Overview (from IV8888) Art Of The Tactical Carbine by Chris Costa Podcasts: The Adventure Sports Podcast Wranglerstar: AMAZING Room Transformation Gear: SOG Traction EDC Pocketknife (Under $15!) Harris Bipod Model 1A2 (Adjustable 6” to 9”) Midland Model 75-822 40 Channel CB Handheld Radio




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Glock Reference Guide Terra Nullius: A Journey Through No One’s Land Movies: Wild Horse, Wild Ride (Documentary.) Now available free for Amazon Prime members. The Accountant 2016 Ben Affleck portrays a very unusual accountant in this action/thriller. (Rated R and definitely not for kids!) Television: Barn Find Hunter (Available free for Amazon Prime members) Charlie Jade (A mind-bending series produced in South Africa about a man who transits three parallel universes. Available free for Amazon Prime members.) Music: Dances With Wolves Soundtrack (John Barry) Gordon Lightfoot – Complete Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: Chainsaw Hack: Sharpen Your Chain Out in …




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 …




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 …




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 …




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 …




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 …




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 …




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 …




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, …




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 …