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 the Woods with a Stump Vise (Swedish Homestead)

How To Grow Vegetables In Winter With A Preppers Winter … Continue reading



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.

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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



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 … Continue reading



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 … Continue reading



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 … Continue reading



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 … Continue reading



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 … Continue reading



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, … Continue reading



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.

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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



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 … Continue reading



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 … Continue reading



    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 Continue reading


  • 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



    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

    Books:

    Come and Take It: The Gun Printer’s Guide to Thinking Free, by Cody Wilson

    Delorme Company State Atlases

    Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions

    Movies:

    Ronin

    The Last of the Mohicans

    Music:

    Getz/Gilberto: 50th Anniversary(Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, with Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano) – For lovers of cool jazz and the Bossa Bova sound

    Piping Hot: Celtic Bagpipe Collection

    Podcasts:

    The First 40 Miles:Episode 47 “The Bear Episode”

    The Art of Manliness Podcast #157: Primitive Pursuits & Winter Survival

    Instructional Videos:

    Wranglerstar: A Very Bad Day

    Backpacking Basics: How to Pack Your Backpack – The Outdoor Gear Review

    Gear:

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