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A lot of information, but not particularly helpful.,
By A Customer
This review is from: How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter, and Self-Preservation That Makes Starvation in the Wilderness Next to Impossible (Paperback)
The next time I'm caught in an snowslide, I'll have to remember to "swim" through the snow while the avalanche is swallowing me up (and, of course, the backstroke will be the most effective).
This book is full of handy tidbits like that. Although I gleaned a few pointers here and there, I found most of the advice to be a tad outlandish. Have you ever tried to start a fire in the woods without matches or fire starters? It's not easy. But to suggest that it could be done just as easily during the dead of winter in a snow storm is ridiculous.
The author referred to "sourdoughs" several times. And, no, he wasn't talking about the bread. Apparently a sourdough is a kind of person (I still don't have that one figured out). That leads me to another comment about the book: The author's writing style has a lot to be desired. The sentence structure was very choppy throughout the book; this made for a difficult read. He writes in a different kind of English.....Canadian perhaps?
I'm glad this book was cheap. I would've been angry if I'd spent a lot of money on it. I think you can do better.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2013 14:27:50 BDT
Dr. Zook says:
You might want to learn to use your computer to get your questions answered. The Google search engine and Wikipedia can be your friends.
1. Regarding Bradford Angier: Angier was born in the US but spent much of his life in Canada.
2. Regarding "sourdoughs": "Sourdough was the main bread made in Northern California during the California Gold Rush, and it remains a part of the culture of San Francisco today. The bread became so common that "sourdough" became a general nickname for the gold prospectors. The nickname remains in "Sourdough Sam", the mascot of the San Francisco 49ers. A "sourdough" is also a nickname used in the North (Yukon/Alaska) for someone having spent an entire winter north of the Arctic Circle and refers to their tradition of protecting their Sourdough during the coldest months by keeping it close to their body."
You're welcome. :)
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