May 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm #13492
So lately I’ve been reading this book, and I really enjoy it. Basically it’s an overview of how we could rebuild society should we face a large scale cataclysmic event (Lewis sort of focuses on a pandemic, because of what he calls a grace period in which survivors would have a lot of stuff to scavenge).
I’m about half way through so far, so I can’t really give a proper review, but I will say it’s a must read because of the things covered in it. Plenty of DIY stuff on most everything survivors of an apocalypse would need to know.
Buy it, or torrent it if you like to go that route, and give it a read. You shouldn’t be disappointed.
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.May 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm #13510
Let everyone know what your review is when you finish reading.May 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm #13513
I just ordered a copy of “HOW THINGS WORK, VOL I – IV”. Itching to get my hands on it. Written in 1970, in Germany, it eventually got translated and has been available in the US for some time. Though it is a bit dated, the engineering and mechanics are dead-nuts on. It’s not some colorful kiddie book. It explains everything from the basics of steam engines to how insulin is made (requires one laboratory and one live sheep per month). I don’t think you’ll be able to build a Cray supercomputer with it, but then, if you’re rebuilding after SHTF, you’re not going to need a Cray anyways… not for a long time, anyway.
Good find Mr. Red. I shall hunt down a copy of that at my earliest convenience… mucho thanko’s…
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1May 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm #13553
An excellent book I would highly recommend!.. (and I’m a harsh reviewer IMHO)May 13, 2014 at 8:02 am #13566
I have also just about finished reading this book.
It is not bad; interesting and easy to read and could be mined for practical information.
This said for somethign purporting to contain the knowledge touted in the title, far too much of the book was spent talking around the topics in repetitive and general ways, rather than giving more specifics and processes that would make it a better book.
Certainly interesting to read, but by a long stretch not the only book you will need.
8/10 for interesting and though provoking read, 4-5/10 for Practical use.
I would say that the reference lists provided at the end of the book are worthwhile and do add to it’s value.May 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm #13593
I will check it out. Im curious how helpful the advice is. Its a bold claim for a 352 page book.
I think downloading Wikipedia for offline use is one of the best things one can do to have a great resource for information. Then of course many practical farming, engineering and handcraft manuals can be helpful too.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")May 20, 2014 at 3:51 am #14362
Any studies on how “trustworthy” Wikipedia is? Personally, I’m not totally convinced, considering I found I could go on there and make any changes I wanted.May 20, 2014 at 11:31 am #14381
bushrat, you are right that it is not always trustworthy because of that. Anyone can add there changes and some info is not right.May 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm #14423
It exists as a “free” 10 hour audiobook elsewhere (cannot provide link due to local regulations, sorry). Not hard to find. Otherwise – PM me.July 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm #18097
A gem of a book is “The World Ends in Hickory Hollow” by Ardath Mayhar. THAT is how to rebuild! And this woman had the brilliance to write it in the 1980’s, when things were not nearly so bad …July 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm #18633
freedom, my experience with Wiki is just as you relate. The “information” comes from unknown and often unreliable sources so while it may be interesting, I would never rely on it for my survival as the information does not come from a source in which I am willing to place my trust.
For God, Family, Country, & Liberty!July 14, 2014 at 1:18 am #18716
Ghost Prime, I think it was Jay that put a Wiki link, not me. I do not use it much. You are right that the sources are not good at all.
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