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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586852345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586852344
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This outrageously straightforward survival book teaches you what you need to know, now, to live through virtually every survival scenario.

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A destined underground classic, 98.6: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive is a nonstop thrill ride, jam-packed with commonsense modern survival skills for the backcountry, the backyard, or the highway. Author Cody Lundin, founder and director of the nationally recognized Aboriginal Living Skills School, shares his own brand of wilderness wisdom based on the unique principle of keeping the body's core temperature at a lively 98.6 degrees.

In his no-nonsense and informative style-paired with outrageously hip visuals-Cody stresses that a human can live without food for weeks, and without water for several days. But if the body's core temperature dips much below or above the 98.6-degree mark, a person can literally die within hours. It is a concept that many don't take seriously or even consider, but knowing what to do to maintain a safe core temperature when visiting the great outdoors could save your life.

Delivered with wit, rebellious humor, and plenty of backcountry expertise, 98.6: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive is destined to not only entertain but to empower the reader with practical advice, information, and detailed instructions of how to create an effective modern-day survival kit using simple, easy-to-find items.

Buy a copy for yourself-and for your grandmother!

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this is a great "alternative" survival book.

it describes not only techniques and tools and kit but also about the state of mind you need to be in to survive and survivie with your family, friends etc.

its not an sas survival book but a very down to earth, advice and guidance book with a lot of humour.

a refreshing read after other survival books!
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I have always been very weary of surivival skill books and ready-to-buy survival kits/packs thinking that the majority are just a way to cash in on peoples inner fears.

This book however is a very good book from someone who clearly knows what he is talking about. It would seem that he also agrees with my view on the ready-to-buy survival kits/packs as he shows you how you can create your own survival kits/packs with mostly every day items that many people would already have in their homes such as condoms. This is a very digestable book with easy to follow tips and survival skills that the average person can put into practice. The layout of the pages and information is in a very easy to follow format and the diagrams and illustrations help you to take in the information without being overloaded which would make learning the essential information harder. A simple yet very clever book. The moral of this book would be to be prepared because you never know when something will go wrong and you will need to make those spilt second decisions that will save your life.

I was worried that the book as written by an American might not translate well to a universal auidence outside of the USA. There are a few minor points in this book that I think are US centric and would be difficult to apply here in the UK but overall it translates well. For the information to be fully effective you need to use the skills contained in the book and train which could be difficult if you work, have a family, children etc but worth doing if one day it may save your life.
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Cannot say that I'm the biggest fan of Cody(but that's different story) but this book is excellent source of information on urban & not-so-urban survival, illustrations are a bit naff and the book is a bit dated perhaps - some of the tools can be replaced with modern ones but this book should still find it's place on every survivalists, backpacker, hiker, Bushcrafter, Prepper or whatever your "survival" hobby is.

OK, since it's Cody's book I gotta admit it's really hard to read this book and some of the tips he's giving while you keep seeing this barefoot guy in Dual Survival walking in deep snow in socks only,
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Very, very good - clearly written and illustrated with drawings and photos. Thus book tells you how to do exactly what the title says - keep your ass alive. I already had a survival book by Cody on my Kindle and found it so good that I wanted a paper copy to keep with my emergency kit after reading it.
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great guy really knows his stuff but with this book i thought he repeated himself a lot and although the book is full of very scientific and technical info i felt it got a bit boring and he took ten or more pages to get to the point and there wasent enough practical diagrams or instructions and i didnt feel after reading it that i was that much more prepared than before i started reading it .
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Having read more than a few wilderness survival books I was expecting this one to fall into a familiar pattern however I was completely surprised to find that this the style of this book is very different indeed. Lundin starts by looking at what a human being will need in an emergency and then tells you how to get it, it could have been very dry and dusty but the style of writing keeps you engaged and amused. Inside the front cover is a list of endorsements from famous people, the list includes complaints about the comic like illustrations and juvenile humour which miss the point entirely. If you own books by Ray Mears, Mors Kochanski and Dave Canterbury then you'll know that they cover the same ground in somewhat similar fashion, this is the same job done by an irreverent desert hippie.
It's a great book, buy it and enjoy
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Cody always reminds me of Bilbo Baggins with his bare feet and the way he goes about things (he even lives in a Hobbit hole of sorts, check out his website for the pictures) , A good book from a guy who knows his stuff.
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Not a great fan of Cody's TV shows but his books are seriously good reads. If you have any interest in survivalism at all (and i include all Ray Mears fans) then this will be on your bookshelf. As a side issue check out the short Youtube vid of Cody cutting down a sapling with a 4" Mora knife.
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