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Arguably the best Wilderness/Survival Guide At Its Price.
on 8 June 2011
I'm no particular fan of the Dummies series. Nonetheless, Wilderness Survival For Dummies is quite an exceptional survival manual in, and of, itself. It ranks up there with the most acclaimed titles such as Lofty Wiseman's or The Survival Handbook. The reason is the authors, Messrs. Haslett & Smith, have painstakingly written and edited their book, thus to make it as accessible and as useful as it could possibly be. It's so obvious that a great deal of time and work went into researching and writing this book that it's almost a work of art as far as survival guides go! The result is that it's a fantastically indispensable guide to survival that no one in the wild (for however little time) should do without. This reviewer feels that this book is so well written, and so packed full of useful information, that it is arguably the only book you'd possibly need in any wild, survival situation.
Full marks for sure. Well done authors!
Addendum: I have found only one error in the whole book, of which I hope the authors become aware. They warn "drink only from mature, brown coconuts. Young, green coconuts contain an oil that acts as a laxative, and too much of it can cause diarrhea." This is wrong. Young coconuts contain very high levels of potassium (just 330Mls of juice contains twice the potassium of two bananas), and it is that which causes a mild laxative effect - only until your body adjusts. In Thai supermarkets, including those owned by western companies (Tesco & Carrefour)the only & most highly nutritious coconut which is commonly sold for everyday drinking is the young Thai coconut. The old coconut is rightly considered not as tasty and used only for cooking. When in Thailand, I love the young coconut's juice so much that on every single day I drink between 5-6 coconuts. I never once had any problem with diarrhoea - and I drink no less than 5 large green coconuts every day for months on end! Young coconuts are extremely healthy and nutritious - packed with naturally occurring electrolytes. Yet it is a great shame that this commonly held misconception as to the young Thai coconut has somehow lingered on to become part of popular western nutritional convention. And is also the reason why the old "brown" coconut is the only one sold in the west. Still, should any of you ever visit Thailand, please do try the young coconut and you too may find it to be most delicious; and, if anyone was really at such a risk of diarrhoea, then there would be no way that so many people love to drink them in their native countries, that every single supermarket sells hundreds upon hundreds of them every single day. So please don't let this widely held western misconception about young coconuts put you off from buying this book - even Bear Grylls in his acclaimed book, wrongly warns against the - as deliciously tasty as it is misunderstood, young coconut!