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How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times

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21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

A Great Resource and Survival Reference Work

I'm fortunate to have been provided a pre-publication review copy of James Wesley, Rawles' new book, "How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It." The book is due out September 29.


In a nutshell, it's an excellent, well-organized handbook for the thinking ma...
I'm fortunate to have been provided a pre-publication review copy of James Wesley, Rawles' new book, "How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It." The book is due out September 29.


In a nutshell, it's an excellent, well-organized handbook for the thinking man (or woman) who wants to be absolutely ready for uncertain times. Rawles is preeminently known around the world as an expert in many of the related fields surrounding survival in the 21st century. His blog, www.survivalblog.com is number one in an increasingly crowded field, and for good reason.


The man has demonstrated impeccable character and judgment and encyclopedic cognizance through the years. His background and training were years in the making, but his expertise was quickly recognized in his first best-seller, "Patriots, a Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse." Since then, Rawles' blog has exploded in application and acclaim as people struggle to come to terms with a threatening world increasingly discouraging and unfamiliar. In fact, his following is as loyal, respectful, ardent, and eager to contribute as an online audience comes.


In this latest major contribution to the survival genre, Mr. Rawles has put together some of the best advice and guidance for beginners and experts alike that can be found in one place. Can anyone today actually feel in control without having consulted the extensive knowledge base of THE guy who hundreds of thousands of like-minded individuals rely on?


I too am in the field of survival. With a similar background to Jim Wesley, Rawles, my calling was to find a way to get people needed supplies and gear in the most economical and trustworthy ways I could arrange. There are a fast-growing number of people like us who understand that our future will likely call upon people everywhere to fall back on traditional skills and habits and draw upon resources that today most would see as quaint, remote, and even disagreeable. To get a clear view of the future, one should take an unbiased look into the past.


We have built up a complex, fragile society relying upon technologies that literally provide most of the population with crucial life support. Any leg holding up that immense infrastructure that supports modern life can suddenly give way. If that happens, it could bring about a total, irreparable collapse of the whole shootin' match ... in dramatic fashion. We know from events like the Hurricane Katrina aftermath that rescue and rehabilitation initiatives from the great I-AMs in federal high places will be sorely inadequate. Lesson learned--be personally ready or suffer greatly.


I like to give practical gifts away to my customers, friends, and relatives. Sometimes, these gifts are potential life-savers. Eye-opening books such as "How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It" are perhaps the most popular and well-received gifts I give away. I know this title will change some lives, so I already have my initial order in for several dozen copies. That is the best way I can express my appreciation and endorsement for a product--and this book is worthy.

posted by JCRefuge on August 16, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This book was, quite frankly, awful. It states early on that  pe

This book was, quite frankly, awful. It states early on that  people will wait until the last minute and then throw money at the problem in the hopes that it goes away. And then, in a supreme form of hypocrisy, the author provides myriad examples of how to solve your pr...
This book was, quite frankly, awful. It states early on that  people will wait until the last minute and then throw money at the problem in the hopes that it goes away. And then, in a supreme form of hypocrisy, the author provides myriad examples of how to solve your problems...by throwing money at them. Need a water filter? Don't make one, spend four thousand dollars to get one!  Want to protect your home? Go out and buy one, in a remote location, and stockpile it with guns and food! And do you have a vehicle? Well, rather than offering a fitness regimen to avoid needing vehicles, it suggests you buy several! Huzzah for money! And of course, the over-burgeoning necessity for religion. "Helping hands do more than praying lips." If you want a survivalist book, this is not a good option. No good sources, no good advice, hypocritical thoughts, and opinionated writing,

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    Some actions you may want to take more seriously, others you may not. It is up to you. It is all up to you. I've gained knowledge for my toolbox from this book.

    Mr. Rawles provides valuable insight into 3 situations. The current situation or at least the situation the world was in when he wrote the book. Situation two is called WTSHTF. Most of you know what that means or can figure it out quickly. If you can't, put the book down and walk away. You are a sheep. It is okay to be a sheep. Some sheep will make it through situation three due to the generosity of their family and friends. Some areas covered are natural disasters and man made disasters. Situation three has not hit us in America yet. Situations one and two may be precursors. Situation three TEOTWAWKI is an acronym for the title of the book. Mr. Rawles does not dwell on TEOTWAWKI. He provides information and actions to be taken before each situation occurs or actions to take if you find yourself in one of the situations. The book is loaded with very valuable references. The links that I have tried so far have worked. It is rare to find a book with links to things you actually want to investigate further. Some of you will prepare for TEOTWAWKI. Others will only prepare for WTSHTF, at least you are moving in the right direction. The book is loaded with common sense information and activities that you should be doing everyday. Some actions you may want to take more seriously; others you may not. It is up to you. It is all up to you. I've gained knowledge for my toolbox from this book. I do not agree with everything Mr. Rawles states but I do agree with most. My personal disagreements are my views only. I do not wish to share them as they are minor when taken in totality. I full recommend this book to everyone and I recommend reading it now!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    A Great read for our current times

    I passed this book on to family who were never one's to be too concerned with food storage, creating electricity on their own or water storage and many have begun their own "basic" survival set ups.
    This book is very in depth but comprehensive enough for even the beginner or a person with general interest in surviving or just dropping off the grid.
    The "tactics, techniques, and technologies" covered by James Wesley, Rawles are laid out in a very orderly manner and each chapter or section is easy to follow through.
    Although the book seems overly detailed it is great for the person starting out because we all have to start somewhere and this book gives you ideas to come back to after you get going.
    I think every red blooded American should own a copy.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 20, 2010

    Really helpful

    This book is incredible! It supplies you with everything you might need to survive something catostrohpic. Amazing. Although you might feel a little crazy for reading it, or believing it, the book seriously helps you gather the supplies you need/want. Just great. :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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