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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (2 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002171856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002171854
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 24 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,933 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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How to survive in the wild, in any climate, on land or at sea

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John 'Lofty' Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service (SAS) and was their Chief Survival Instructor. His book is their complete course: how to survive outdoors, on land or sea, in any weather, in any part of the world.

BE PREPARED
Planning to survive, from making a pocket survival kit to knowing how to obtain water and other basic needs.

STRATEGY
Dealing with accidents and escape procedures, and adapting to terrain – polar regions, mountains, seashores, islands, deserts and the tropics

FOOD
What you need to keep going – edible plants, animals and insects – plus animals tracks and techniques for hunting, trapping, fishing and handling the kill

CAMP CRAFT
Skills for building shelter, making and using fire, preparing survival meals, using tools and ropes, lashings and knots

READING SIGNS
Not only reading but how to make maps and compasses, plus other ways of direction finding and also predicting the weather

ON THE MOVE
Knowing when to break camp, planning your route, tackling the terrain and making sledges and rafts

HEALTH
First aid priorities, natural medicine and treatment procedures for tropical and other diseases, cold-climate hazards and dangerous or poisonous creatures

SURVIVAL AT SEA
What to do if you have to abandon ship – survival afloat and how to make a landfall

RESCUE
Different signals and ways of signalling, plus various rescue techniques

DISASTERS
What to do if you have to cope with drought, flood or fire, hurricanes or earthquakes, chemical accidents or nuclear incidents


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4.7 out of 5 stars

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By albaldrewy on 10 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
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
10/10.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By P. G. A. James on 16 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 5 April 2008
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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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Honisett on 17 May 2010
Format: Paperback
A useful informative book full of survival tips and tricks. For those seeking survival knowledge this book could save your life, at the very least it makes for some interesting reading!

I do a lot of remote mountain hiking and camping, many times I do this solo. I am keen to increase my knowledge base in case of survival techniques and this book is perfect.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ben Acheson on 31 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Morris on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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