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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007320817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007320813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.2 x 11.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John 'Lofty' Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He remains the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians.

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John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He remains the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians.


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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By "Outdoor" Jack on 17 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
No need for a long review here. This book was written by a professional soldier who was in the SAS, or the Special Air Service. For those not in the know, that's an elite unit of the British Army trained to carry out operations in ALL parts of the world. Eventually, the author became a survival instructor to the SAS, so you can be sure that this guy knows his stuff.

The book covers all you'd ever want to know about the essentials of surviving in climates such as: the polar region, mountains, seashores, islands, tropical regions, or even at sea. Here's few of the many topics the book covers:

-food, what you can and can't eat
-animal tracking with numerous pics
-color pics of edible plants
-pictures of traps and how to trap things
-how to handle animals you've killed for food
-how to make a camp and various shelters
-knot tying pics
-first aid
-color pics of medicinal plants
-picures of dangerous/poisonous critters
-things to have in a survival kit

A very handy resource for anybody who enjoys outdoor/wilderness activities, it's just a darn good thing to have around in case of emergencies- or even just to look at the pictures! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that is interfering with your outdoor activities.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Vance on 1 Dec. 2011
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For what I paid it's a bargain at £3.80 including postage! Very good little book, hundreds of pages on first aid and survival. I had this years ago as part of a first aid/survival kit and used it to make a shelter when I had to survive in the woods for 4 days as the survival part of a conservation course I did. Thanks to the instructions in this very compact little book I was able to quickly make a simple but effective shelter. Would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By douglasbisson on 4 Jan. 2012
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This is about the 20th copy of this book that I've bought. I keep giving them to my friends. I also have the app on my iPhone. It is a really great book, and I always have a copy in my backpack along with a compass, signal mirror, whistle, snare wire... etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scientist79 on 29 Oct. 2012
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I purchased this book since I am interested in survival skills, especially in the case of an emergency. When it arrived I was very surprised by its very small size (which makes sense, so you will be able to carry it everywhere with you without it occupying to much space or being heavy).

The book is a comprehensive guide on what to do in emergency situations (which is the main reason I bought it), but it also covers scenarios which are "unrealistic" for the common person but necessary for a profesional soldier (i.e. surviving in polar regions, in the desert, in the jungle, etc).

The knowledge it contains is very valuable and fascinating.

Another thing I liked about the book is that although it is full of facts, it is not boring. You can just read is as any other book and the way it is written makes the information you read stick to your brain.

As it is mentioned in the book, you have to see survival as a pyramid. The base is your determination to survive, the middle part is your knowledge and only the top of the pyramid represents your equipment.

I recommend it to anyone because of its versatility. It offers many ways of achieving your goal (be it finding water, navigating, make-shift shelters, first-aid techniques, etc), so that if one way is not possible, you have other alternatives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kidd on 21 Mar. 2014
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Well what can I say about this little gem of a book. For something of such a small size it is cramed full of knowledge that could save your life one day if you take the time to read through it before you need it! A review for this book said you'd need a magnifying glass and a torch to read it if you find yourself in a tough spot, but in all fairness you should read and understand the information before you end up in a situation where you need the knowledge.

It is cramed with information and clear diagrams on everything you could every possibly want to know, from building a shelter and what plants you can eat to what to do if there's a Volcanic erruption! There's a reason why this book has sold so many copies worldwide, the reason is that all the information is tried and tested and you know it works, being ex-military myself I have used this to expand my knowledge.

It is important that once you have read sections to go out and try the techniques, shelter buiding, fire making, collecting plants and tasting them. Take it wit you on a camping trip and try out some of the things in the book.

As a prepper I consider this a must have bit of kit in your BOB, but remember to read it, absorb the knowledge and practice it before you need it.

Paul.
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Having purchased the book two years ago, I look back on this as one of the most comprehensive and informative survival books I've come across. Obviously containing a wealth of information from an expert in the field.

I have extensive experience in the bush, was a member of special forces in Southern Africa, travelled & worked in different continents and I can honestly say that this is one of the greatest works that covers such a vast subject. The book has been organised in such a way, that it's difficult NOT to understand an otherwise difficult subject matter. More so, it can be put into practice with relative ease.

High quality and well thought composition which in my opinion is being sold very cheap for the type of quality and information it offers. This is a rip off to the author, when you compare this to what is out there for a lot more!!

If the strategy is to supply a ton of books into the market sector, then this is the way to go. Thank you for making something so valuable so obtainable. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who has any interest in nature, walking, hiking, rambling, or any form of outdoor interest!
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