KLIATTAt first this title seems yet another "how-to" on survival in the wild, complete with a listing of edible plants, directions on how to make a blanket poncho and information on a variety of ways to start a fire. In this regard it is complete, readable and nicely illustrated with b/w photographs. Some parts are not for the faint of heart or stomach; the section on butchering road-kill deer, for example, goes into a lot of detail. Some sections will be of interest to anyone with thoughts of camping or spending time out of doors, but somewhere towards the end of the book, when a photo of a man wearing an outfit that makes him look like a more primitive Friar Tuck appears, you realize this book is really advocating a lifestyle change or at least an alteration in one's way of thinking. The reader who gets the most out of this book will be the one who longs to truly drop modern technology and modern burdens and encompass "the art of doing nothing." "Doing nothing is a way of saving time and energy, so that you can finish your daily work more effectively...[it] is an approach to research; it is a way of thinking and doing." (p.192) Author Thomas Elpel is a native of Montana and a director of the Hollowtop Primitive School. He practices what he preaches and writes about and offers food for thought the next time you're stuck in freeway traffic. KLIATT Codes: SARecommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Globe Pequot, 198p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 15 to adult.