39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2005
Does what it's supposed to. The perfect survival guide for any situation, tells you how to find food and water, make a shelter, make a fire and lots more.
There are colour illutrations of edible and medical plants as well as poisonous plants and fungi. There is also a first aid section which covers a range of situations. The book also tells you how to make weapons (e.g. bow and arrow, spear, sling etc...) to hunt with and to recognise different animals tracks.
It describes different knots (includes how to make snares and other animal traps).
It also briefly tells you how to survive a tornado, earthquake, nuclear explosion etc..
If your looking for a book to help you in any climate in any country this is perfect, or if you just like the outdoors you will find this book usefull
64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2006
I have always had a small interest in survival skills, but mainly from the armchair. I was reading this book when one day, I was out in the fields with an old farmer and we saw a load of mushrooms. On picking them and checking in the survival book I found that they were field mushroom, so I ate them fried with a load of garlic. This time of year I often wander around local fields looking for a free meal and ticking off the 'foods' I can now identify and practically eat from the book. Adding notes to help me. From Hawthorn berries to Borage I now use many regularly. The most important items to identify are the poisonous ones and it is suprising which ones are, but the book guides you through many of these. From major survival situations to normal eveyday happenings the book does a good job in covering them all. I have thoughrougly enjoyed this book and my copy is now a little dog eared and battered but indispensable, and who knows, one day I may get to use more of the information. You do not need to be lost in the wilderness for this book to help you, my family now practice fishing, knot tying, plant identification, tracking and fire lighting regularly when out and about. It gives us a lot of enjoyment.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This little book could save your life, seriously. Though it is obviously aimed towards people with a predilection towards outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountain climbing, sailing (etc) it does also make a point of saying that you never know when this information may come in handy. Written by a former member of the SAS, who would be the ultimate authority in extreme survival, this book is full of practical information on how to survive anywhere in the world. It details information like how to find a source of water, or create one yourself, how to treat injuries, how to make a shelter, ways to stave off dehydration, what plant forms are edible. It is a very long list because the book is full of no-nonsense information. If you are interested in outdoor pursuits this is a book that should definitely be read, or for any other reason this book contains information that could save your life.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2001
With over two decades in the British S.A.S., John "Lofty" Wiseman learned everything about survival one can possibly imagine. This book has traveled thousands of miles with me, and the smaller 'SAS Survival Guide' is a permanent part of my travel/camping gear. This book teaches you how to get water in the desert, build a fire in the arctic, and every other survival essential action possible. Highly Recommended!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2006
First read this book in my teens and still use it today for regular up - dates to my outdoor survival knowledge. I have reached the top of more mountains and swam more miles at sea than most whilst traversing long distance paths at will and believe me have genuinely found that the book has made my life easier on many occassion. This book could have been called ' Don't Panic ' which is the overiding message throughout and swimming just 100 yards from a beach in Wales, I was forced to think of Mr. Wiseman and this philosophy.
You might not need to know about poisonous snakes in South America but you do need to know what to do if unfamiliar surroundings turn uncomfortable. You might not need a large knife and a tent always on your back but you do need coins even in this age of mobile phones.
Read the book and live the philosophy. You do need it.
51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2006
SIX stars! Everything you need to survive is included in this amazingly small pocket-sized book, yet there is no padding. In true SAS-style you learn only what you need, no more. For example, you don't need to know every edible plant in the world, just a few from each part of the world that you will definitely be able to find in quantity. No need to buy additional books with specialist knowledge - this book covers absolutely every survival topic, with enough information to keep you alive. As Fairburn and Sykes taught us, it's no good overloading yourself with loads of fancy stuff, you just need a handful of reliable bits of knowledge to learn thoroughly. This book is brilliantly and simply laid out and easy to follow. Many of the survival publications out there are for your bookshelf or for amateur, rich, overweight people to refer to when playing survivalist for the day on a hunting trip. This book is different. It is designed to go in your pocket and keep you alive wherever you go. If you ever get into a survival situation then I can guarantee that having this book will save your life.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 1997
If you want a book useful for survival in any circumstances, then this is the book. There are comprehensive sections on dangerous plants and animals, edible wild foods, weather forecasting, camp crafts, navigation and map reading and much more.
This book is not for "military types," it's for anyone who's ever out in the woods (or the wilderness, anywhere in the world). The book is organized and illustrated well. There's even a new edition that is small enough for your pocket, although it contains all the text and illustrations of the full-size version.
In addition to being fascinating reading, you'll refer to it again and again, whether you camp, hike, backpack or just happen to end up "in the boonies" some dark and stormy night.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2010
Really insightful book.
If i were to be trapped on a desert island, this is what i'd take/want.
In it, are detailed descriptions of what you would encounter, how to survive, what to avoid, what to eat/drink, how to navigate without a compass. Basically, what to do in ANY survival situation, in ANY climate, ANYWHERE.
Even if you're not the adventurous type and have no intentions of getting lost in the wilderness, it still makes a really interesting read. Buy it.
Also a great present for any outdoor enthusiast.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2006
Not what you would call a pocket guide. This book is absolutly packed with very useful information. trouble is, there is so much info you will probably forget most of it before you get to use it.
I would reccomend buying and reading this book then also buying the collins book on survival which is much, much smaller.
The collins book can be taken anywhere and will remind you of what you John Wiseman taught you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2009
There is very little, if anything, wrong with this little book.
My days of being very fit are long gone, but then the chances of me being stranded without good supplies in any sort of wilderness are also now very remote. However, the experience that I do have leads me to make one comment at least. Although in a (literally) small book such as this, space is a premium, I think the important of physical fitness was not emphasised enough. Mental aspects were covered better.
If you really are in the situations that the book tries to help about, your chances of survival are significantly enhanced by already being fit. This almost cannot be stressed enough. Once upon a time, the chances of unfit people being in such situations anyway was very small. But in the modern world with people easily able to transport themselves with modern vehicles, it's less unlikely than it used to be.
Still, for £2.99 this is a good buy and contains much interesting and useful information even if it is not likely to be used by most members of the general public.