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SAS Survival Guide: How to survive in the Wild, on Land or Sea (Collins Gem) Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007320817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007320813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.2 x 11.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He remains the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians.


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No need for a long review here. This book was written by a professional soldier who was in the SAS, or the Special Air Service. For those not in the know, that's an elite unit of the British Army trained to carry out operations in ALL parts of the world. Eventually, the author became a survival instructor to the SAS, so you can be sure that this guy knows his stuff.

The book covers all you'd ever want to know about the essentials of surviving in climates such as: the polar region, mountains, seashores, islands, tropical regions, or even at sea. Here's few of the many topics the book covers:

-food, what you can and can't eat
-animal tracking with numerous pics
-color pics of edible plants
-pictures of traps and how to trap things
-how to handle animals you've killed for food
-how to make a camp and various shelters
-knot tying pics
-first aid
-color pics of medicinal plants
-picures of dangerous/poisonous critters
-things to have in a survival kit

A very handy resource for anybody who enjoys outdoor/wilderness activities, it's just a darn good thing to have around in case of emergencies- or even just to look at the pictures! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that is interfering with your outdoor activities.
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For what I paid it's a bargain at £3.80 including postage! Very good little book, hundreds of pages on first aid and survival. I had this years ago as part of a first aid/survival kit and used it to make a shelter when I had to survive in the woods for 4 days as the survival part of a conservation course I did. Thanks to the instructions in this very compact little book I was able to quickly make a simple but effective shelter. Would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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My boyfriend hates books so I bought him this and he read it! Progress! Just playimg on his paranoia about the impending break down of society. Handy little book and woukd definitely keep it on my person if I ever went anywhere without a starbucks.
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Great book. Having said that, I spent a few months going through the fire starting chapter and found that some of it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt until you actually try it. I tried the "bow + string" method of trying to start a fire, and found that it's probably one of the most difficult ways to start a fire (see you tube vids of people failing miserably). On a brighter note, he covers other methods that work better if you don't have a firestarter/spark generator to hand.

With that in mind, the book should probably be viewed more from a "how to improvise and survive" manual rather than a "this is exactly the way to survive" as then the scope of the book becomes clear and you'll start to apply the knowledge outside of the defined scenarios in the chapters and gain more value.

For example, I failed to see the importance of the knot tying chapter until I realised that you could improvise snow chains with 10mm nylon rope and then it dawned on me that you needed to apply the right kind of non-slip knot to ensure that it didn't come off.
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Well what can I say about this little gem of a book. For something of such a small size it is cramed full of knowledge that could save your life one day if you take the time to read through it before you need it! A review for this book said you'd need a magnifying glass and a torch to read it if you find yourself in a tough spot, but in all fairness you should read and understand the information before you end up in a situation where you need the knowledge.

It is cramed with information and clear diagrams on everything you could every possibly want to know, from building a shelter and what plants you can eat to what to do if there's a Volcanic erruption! There's a reason why this book has sold so many copies worldwide, the reason is that all the information is tried and tested and you know it works, being ex-military myself I have used this to expand my knowledge.

It is important that once you have read sections to go out and try the techniques, shelter buiding, fire making, collecting plants and tasting them. Take it wit you on a camping trip and try out some of the things in the book.

As a prepper I consider this a must have bit of kit in your BOB, but remember to read it, absorb the knowledge and practice it before you need it.

Paul.
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this is a great little book that will have a place in my rucsac when ever i go on a mission (expedition) ,
it is very concise and to the point, no waisted words ,no fluff, just loads of hard core life saving knowledge packed into 4"x5"ish book , i bought it because; if the global economy colapses; maybe the end of this year (2010) , supermarkets will not be open for buisness, neither will the water treatment plants ,are you ready?.
would i recommend this book , yes indeed !
other books i bought with this are ,little gem 'food for free', ray mears 'bushcraft'and 'find your way without map or compass' all recommended reads to fatten the clever gland .
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For £6.00 it's a pretty good book. A bit smaller than I thought but when a zombie apocalypse comes, the book will come in very handy. I put a picture so you can compare the size. Also wanted to add that the book has 384 pages and the writing is really small so don't think your not getting your money's worth.
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