Here are a couple of books that I have stumbled across recently that I would recommend to SurvivalBlog readers.
The first book is actually a set of books written by Rita Van Amber. She wrote five volumes of books entitled, “Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930s .” The recipes are from readily available ingredients and are simple to make. However, the stories are the best part of the book. The people of this time lived with such hardship and so little food yet they lived well and family relationships were strong. There was no whining for iPods and plasma televisions like you see today. Their survival stories are amazing and I know I learned a few things that could be utilized in a TEOTWAWKI  situation.
The second book I want to recommend is a survival fiction book recently out, titled, “Black Monday ” by R. Scott Reiss. It entails a scenario where a virus hits our oil supply and all the machines in the world stop working. The way the government reacts and the panic and violence that hit cities in the aftermath are along the lines of your “Patriots”novel. In other words, it is written like it would really happen – no Hollywood (like [the TV series] Jericho) “everybody is happy” scenario. The author was recently on one of the morning shows and believe it or not the technology for this virus already exists and this scenario could really happen. It pays to be prepared!
Both of these books are available on Amazon.com. Happy reading! – L.C.A. in W.N.Y.