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little info, lots of paranoia
on 4 June 2012
As a prepper I normally stay away from books of this type, the title alone is enough to put off most people with common sense, but I was on a book splurge so thought I would treat myself.
As most reviewers have said it is way too over the top, but in what sense ? Much of what the author writes about is very close to the knuckle, be it peak oil, economic collapse or flu pandemic and some people will choose to call it OTT, however these are the things that most preppers worry about, not everyone thinks nuclear war/intergalatic asteroid, who in their right mind would/could want to survive that. Not only does the author describe these events, albeit a little too briefly, but also the consequences in a broken down scenario, transportation, communication, medication, power supplies demonstrating just how fragile we are as a soceity that we rely mainly on our cars, credit cards and other people to get us out of the proverbial.
So now we know what the author is preparing us for how do we go about protecting our loved ones ?
This is where it gets stupid.
Ok, I need you to go out and buy a second property, not too far from your main house its got to be at least a fuel tanks drive away but a least 300 miles from a major city - ok thats all of us in the UK out the window - try to buy a farm with a few acres, a natural well on the property, on a high hill so you can see marauders but set back from the road. Buy four different vehicles all running on different fuel types, plus maybe a scrambler and dont forget the horses for when fuel runs out, build your property yourself so you can make the defences as you require, stock pile just about everything you can imagine food, guns/ammo, medication, clothes, tools, seeds etc.etc.etc.
Oh yeah and hire a janitor and gardener to maintain your retreat whilst you continue your normally working life until WTSHTF, just don't forget to pay them or when it does all go wrong they may not be to keen to let you back onto the retreat you have built for yourself, mind you, you could just use the bulldozer that you have bought to block the drive to let yourself in.
Do you get the picture fellow paranoid androids.
Not all of us are lucky enough to be living on a secret services pension whilst charging a fortune consulting for other rich idiots who wont have a clue what to do WTSHTF. As my Sifu says you can watch all the films you want buy all the books and all the toys, but unless you spend the time practising it don't mean anything in a real life scenario and thats where this book lets you down. You would spend an absolute fortune doing what this book says and a lifetime putting it all together, but where would you get the time to put into practise what it preaches, you would be another credit card warrior.
It does have its good points though, we cant know everything and I have now put all my batteries, radios and other electronic equipment into a metal box to protect from EMP - remember doesn't have to be nuclear EMP can come from solar flares, have come to the conclusion that I would need more people than my wife and I to proctect/run a small holding, these are things that I had not taken into account before reading the book and there are other tit bits that I can't recall off the top of my head.
People who buy this book expecting it to sort all of their woes are sadly mistaken, one Sifu cannot teach you everything, you need to find other teachers, take what works and disregard the rest. So while this book will definately teach you something it will also leave you amazed at the American mentality of religion and weapons plus the fact that if you just throw enough money at the problem you will be ok.
I would recommend Cody Lundins book "When disater srikes" It has a lot more on mental conditioning which is a must, the survival methods are more geared to the average joe with limited funds and the section on self defence is the best I have read within the public domain during 17yrs of martial arts in several systems, no where in his book does he mention stockpiling weapons.
Again though, his book will not teach you all you need to know it was however my second book on prepping in a libary now totalling 40 books and is without doubt one of my favourite reads.
Buy this book by all means, but just be prepared for what you are buying, a better idea for any book you want to purchase is go to your local libary - yeah its a hassle I know, and see if you can order it in from the main libary network, you can find almost any book in britain this way, it will cost a couple of pounds, but at least you can browse what you buy.