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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 1998
I've read all of Tom's books, and he is one awesome story-teller, but when it comes to teaching hands-on skills...well he's really just ok. I've been teaching primitive wilderness living skills for years, and there are quite a few topics in this book that his treatment and understanding of, are less than satisfactory.
Get Tom's book The Tracker from amazon.com, to experience him at his best. For better survival skills info get Primitive Wilderness Living by John McPherson, or Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 1999
Tom Brown Jr.'s knowledge and perfection in regards to nature and survival skills/philosophy, I feel, is truely amazing. The fact that he has lived for many years, putting these skills to the test, makes him a great teacher(a master) in this regards. His words and teachings are of truth and this book, as well as all of the other books he has written, is to say it in simple terms: "AMAZING!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2010
A great book! there are very little of the 'required' or 'standard' bushcraft skills that are not included in this book.

It is written in a way that an Adult can guide a child through the skill rather than being a 'cartooned kids book'. It goes into good levels of detail on fire, shelter, tracking, food (hunting and foraging) and nature awareness along with practical exercises that can be set up to aid learning. These skills are suitable for children but I would also say for adults too!

If you have kids and want to get them (and maybe yourself) into bushcraft this is a good book! unless you are a quite experienced woodsman you, as well as the children will learn from this book!

A dual purpose book! Use it yourself to learn the skills then use it to teach the skills to children! Unless you really want to go deep into the topic (as I do) than you may only ever need to buy one book, this one!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 1998
An excellent resource for parents, teachers, etc. I even found many of the suggestions useful for myself and other adult friends. I used many of the exercises with 3rd through 6th graders as a Girl Scout leader.
Be surprised at how little of the natural world you appreciate on a daily basis. Learn to really see and hear.
Also good for general awareness building and personal security issues for kids in urban environments. A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2011
If you want to know how to stalk prey and snare a rabbit, or are prepared to stuff leaves and debris inside your clothes to keep warm, then this is the book for you. I work in environmental/outdoor education and this is too hardcore for me!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 1998
This book teaches you about all that you need to know about outdoor survival. but, a book that was better than this was outdoor survival skills by Larry Dean Olsen. There was much more information in this book and it taught me a lot of more seful things that you could use in the wilderness which i have tested and they work. I would refer this book to the people that go to look at Tom Browns book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 1998
this guide along with others of Tom"s books if studied and then practiced will allow you to become totally independent of civilization as we know it.
I attended his basic survival course and can vouch that his techniques work.He refers to his approach as "naked survival' in other words you should strive for the ability to walk into the wilds naked and set yourself up comfortably from totally natural matierials.he believes survival is a pleasure not an ordeal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 1997
I use this book for the class I teach in wilderness survival and the students absolutly love it. The whole class worked through the skills listed and had fun doing it. The local bookstore cannot keep up with the demand for the book due to recommendations by my students.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 1999
Let me start by saying I love all of Tom Brown's books! He writes just the way he wants,its the American way. The survival information within this book is great, if not for a little time consuming to retrieve. Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry D.Olsen is more to the point,better yet, get yourself a copy of all of "The Woodsmaster" videos by Dr.Ron Hood. I could not figure out how to do my bow-drill fires all these years untill I got them. Ron Hood presents survival info with a sense of humor and a grain of salt.I wish he was my uncle. .....Back to Tom Brown Jr.s Book.While I complain about the books content and arrangement, let me also say the book is a "must have" because I have found that it does take information presented by different people to sink into numbskulls like myself,and others. On 4-2-99 made my first bow-drill fire!ooooo-baby! Peace and God Speed to all.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 1998
This book could've been cut down to two thirds it's leangth if it wouldn't have been so saturated in stories. Entertaining, but I needed information and pictures to apply the information. Unless you are a plant expert, this book is basically useless.
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