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Nothing like the warmth from a fine book conflagration!  eh?  Comrade? 

BOOKS

(And Such)

The rights and privileges guaranteed to American citizens under our Constitution are under assault.  Those that despise the Second Amendment have also launched an attack on the First.  So-called "politically correct" thought and speech is now becoming the accepted norm in our culture.  The intellectual straight jacket imposed on the free exchange of ideas has resulted in the characterization of contrary opinions or observations as "hate" speech.  

The democratic ideal promotes controversial and hopefully, creative and varied discourse.  In such a manner are the best and brightest concepts explored in an open forum.

Book titles and media resources that members of the American gun community, survivalists and preppers, libertarians, retirees, RVers and happy campers in general may find interesting, informative, provocative, enjoyable or entertaining follow:

 

AUTHORS:

Clive Cussler, et al.  Good, fast paced storytelling.  Retirees love this guy!

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Biography Channel. "William Shatner's Aftermath: Interview with Ruby Ridge Survivor Sara Weaver".  A sensitive discussion and moving account of the massacre initiated by rogue BATF and FBI agents. 

  

BLOGS:

"Survivalblog.com"

 

COOKING:

"Bull Cook And Authentic Historical Recipes And Practices" by George Leonard Herter and Berthe E. Herter, Herter's, Waseca Minnesota

"The Y2K Survival Guide And Cookbook" by Dorothy R. Bates and Alan K. Bates.  Still relevant a decade later.

"Wild Game Cookbook" by L.W. Johnson, Remington Sportsmen's Library

 

DOGS:

"The Right Dog For You: Choosing A Breed That Matches Your Personality, Family And Lifestyle" by Daniel F. Tortora

 

HOW TO:

"The Forgotten Arts: Yesterday's Techniques Adapted To Today's Materials" Books One, Two and Three from Yankee Magazine by Richard M. Bacon

"The Foxfire Book" Collection.  This Collection represents some of the wisdom and ingenuity of the pioneers who settled the rural hills and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains.

"The Wilderness Cabin: How To Build Your Own Log, Frame Or Adobe Cabin And Where To Build It" by Calvin Rutstrum  

 

MAGAZINES:

"Backwoods Home Magazine" (pricy)

"Mother Earth News" (cheap)

 

MEDICAL:

"Expect The Unexpected" by American Red Cross

"Medicine For The Outdoors" by Paul S. Auerbach, M.D.

"Standard First Aid & Personal Safety" by American Red Cross

 

PEAK OIL:

"The Long Emergency: Surviving The End Of Oil, Climate Change And Other Converging Catastrophes Of The Twenty-First Century" by James Howard Kunstler

 

PERSONAL PROTECTION:

"NRA Firearms Fact Book"  National Rifle Association

"The Basics Of Personal Protection: A Practical Handgun Handbook"  National Rifle Association   

 

PREPPERS:

"How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It: Tactics, Techniques And Technologies For Uncertain Times" by James Wesley, Rawles.  Excellent.

"Just In Case: A Manual Of Home Preparedness" by Barbara G. Salsbury

 

RETIREES:

"The RV Buyers Survival Guide: How To Survive and Profit Through the Buying Experience" by Bob Randall

 

SHTF & EOTWAWKI: "S--- HITS THE FAN" & "END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT":

"A Canticle For Liebowitz" by Walter M. Miller, Jr.  A classic.

"Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank.  A classic.  Nuclear war.

"Earth Abides" by George R. Stewart.  A classic.  Plague.

"Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.  A classic.  Comet impact.  One of the best!  Set in So. Cal. and the Central Valley.

"One Second After" by William R. Forstchen.  EMP.  Excellent! 

"Patriots: Surviving The Coming Collapse" by James Wesley, Rawles.  Economic collapse.  mmmm.  Sound familiar?  Great story telling and how-to.

"Summer Of The Apocalypse" by James Van Pelt.  Set in Denver and the Front Range.

"The Effects Of Nuclear War" by Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States

"The Postman" by David Brin.  Set in southwest Oregon and Willamette Valley.  Better than the movie.

 

SOCIAL & POLITICAL:

"101 Things To Do 'Til The Revolution" by Claire Wolfe

"Churchill, Hitler, And The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire And The West Lost The World" by Patrick J. Buchanan.  An engaging discussion of the political intrigue, idiocy and incompetence that produced the bloodiest century in human history.  This thought-provoking book is hard to put down.  

"Civil War Two: The Coming Breakup Of America" by Thomas W. Chittum.  The Balkanization of the U.S.  Convincing.

"Suicide Of A Superpower: Will America Survive To 2025?" by Patrick J. Buchanan.  Classroom history was rewritten in the 1960's to disparage the concept of the American "melting pot".  Rather, students were indoctrinated to "celebrate" the "diversity" of the American "mosaic".  The nation is now disintegrating as multiracial, multicultural and multiethnic forces tear the country apart.  This is the book that got Pat Buchanan fired from MSNBC as a political commentator.  Apparently, the network felt his politically incorrect views on race and religion did not support the "conventional wisdom" we all must share as proper automatons,  and therefore should not be part of the "national dialogue".  

"Unintended Consequences" by John Ross.  An exceptional, fictional account of a member of the American gun community that is pushed too far by an anti-Bill of Rights establishment.  Some "R" rated material.  If Timothy McVeigh had read this work instead of "The Turner Diaries", there would have been no tragic Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing.

 

SURVIVAL SKILLS:

"How To Survive On Land And Sea" U.S. Naval Institute

"Outdoor Survival Skills" by Larry Dean Olsen

"Outdoor Tips" by L.W. Johnson, Robert Elman, Jerry Gibbs, Remington Sportsmen's Library

"Professional Guide's Manual" by George Leonard Herter For North Star Guide Association

"SAS Survival Handbook For Any Climate In Any Situation" by John Wiseman

U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of the Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps:  "Field Manuals", "Training Circulars", "Training Manuals" and "Technical Manuals".  There are literally hundreds of these books and booklets.  They contain a wealth of information on a variety of survival and military topics, and are available to the public at low cost (print media).  They are also available on cd or dvd (electronic media), but this format won't be easily accessible for reference when the grid goes down.  Some representative manuals are:  

FM21-76: "Survival, Evasion And Escape", Army

TC-21-3: "Soldier's Handbook For Individual Operations & Survival In Cold Weather Areas", Army

AF Manual 64-3: "Survival Training Edition", Air Force 

TM 05538C-23&P/2: "Rifle, 5.56mm M16A2", USMC

TM 9-1005-249-10: "Rifle, 5.56mm M16 And M16A1, Army

 

WESTERNS:

Lastly, for young  people and those retirees who may not have discovered them, the Armory recommends the wonderful "Westerns" by Louis L'Amour.  Unadulterated, non-stop action and adventure by a master story teller.  Rugged men and strong, capable women from the Old West.  Many find Zane Grey equally engaging.  

 

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