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 related injury, I read the complete collection. This was 35 years ago.
While I knew what values my parents lived day to day, I didn’t KNOW these values. To put it in other words, I had an intellectual conversion on par with what a man experiences when he comes to … Continue reading
“Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.”
“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.”
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. You have plenty of food, you are safe, and there is heat if it is winter in your part of the country. As is your family’s custom (let us assume), you take turns discussing what you are thankful for, despite the circumstances. Afterward, the table and dishes … Continue reading
Glock Reference Guide
Terra Nullius: A Journey Through No One’s Land
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!)
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.)
Dances With Wolves Soundtrack (John Barry)
Gordon Lightfoot – Complete Greatest Hits
Chainsaw Hack: Sharpen Your Chain Out in the Woods with a Stump Vise (Swedish Homestead)
How To Grow Vegetables In Winter With A Preppers Winter … Continue reading
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.
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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 … Continue reading
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
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.)
Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl (Now available with Amazon Prime.)
1916: The Irish Rebellion. (Now available with Amazon Prime.)
The Essential Guy Clark
Firefly Soundtrack (Greg Edmondson)
Active Self Defense YouTube Channel. (Thanks to reader … Continue reading
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
Victory at Sea (The complete documentary series on three DVDs)
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)
Cold Mountain Soundtrack
20th Century Masters: The Best Of Hank Williams
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 … Continue reading
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
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.)
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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)
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.
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, … Continue reading
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.
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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).
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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 … Continue reading
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:
Farewell To The King
The Great Escape
The Magnificent Seven (The original, not the recent re-make!)
Red Dawn (The 1984-vintage original, not the re-make!)
If you don’t already have these movies in your DVD or … Continue reading
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 Continue reading