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Wilderness Survival For Dummies
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2011
If you are just starting off with your survival collection or what I need to put in my survival kit questions etc. Then this a great book to buy! I spent some money and time going through different books and most of them cover of course similar topics. However most of them are fairly specific and then to deep dive into more specialist areas, e.g. surviving in deserts etc.

This book offers you a great basic knowledge package allowing you, if needed, to go for specific litarature to compliment.

Some of the key fundamentals that you will find here covered are orientation, your basic survival kit, tools and techniques for wildneress survival.

A great plus for this book is that unlike some other books that give you lots of examples and stories but never really tell you exactly what you need to get and why, here they do.

The one thing you might want to consider is, in the spirit of survival, a hardcopy in addition to the e-book version could be a good idea..you never know when the power goes out :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2012
A lot of this books survival stuff seems to concentrate only on mainland US - particularly radio and rescue.

I am quite experienced in this field, so, perhaps I'm being a bit too critical - so bear that in mind.

However it's still worth keeping because there is plenty of info in there that some of the 'fashionable' writers - don't include.

On reflection, I should have bought this second-hand as I reckon that the price would be closer to the real value.

If you're buying this as a present, don let my review put you off - if the person you're buying for is a novice, because the book is set out quite well and does do what it says.

The tips are pretty good, but as the review title says, I don't live in America! If it was more 'world-wide and included more stuff that was relevant to Europeans I'd have given 4.
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Some really great tips in here that seem to have been tested out by the authors personally!
some daft things too as its very american bias.
Nicely divided into sensible chapters so you can skip the bits that dont interest you.
some really detailed pictures.
overall I really enjoyed this book as a general read... will also be useful as a goto book....
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on 29 March 2013
now i'm not a fan of the dummies books and his is the first one I have ever bought of them but I have to say this is a good book a lot of knowledge and tips etc ...now if your unsure about getting this book look at the reviews cause that's what I did and i'm glad I got this book
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on 29 December 2012
Ordered 7 days before christmas & not sure it would arrive in time but delivered 2 days before. Bought as a present, had a quick flick through before wrapping & couldn't put it down. Have to get my own copy now.
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on 23 May 2015
Not as I expected
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on 30 October 2014
Good book.
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