The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques


Whether you are marooned in the wilderness or the unlucky target of road rage, The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques helps you get out of any precarious situation, anywhere in the world. This ...

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Whether you are marooned in the wilderness or the unlucky target of road rage, The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques helps you get out of any precarious situation, anywhere in the world. This fully-illustrated and updated guide teaches you the vital tips to staying alive, providing step-by-step guidance for:


Finding your way back to civilization

Constructing shelters

Surviving fires

Preserving food

Deflecting hand and knife attacks

Handling a carjacking

Performing first aid

Making tools


The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques is the answer for frightening situations and worst-case scenarios - no one should leave home without it.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
For someone planning an adventure in a remote area away from the conveniences and comforts to which one is accustomed, this could prove to be a mighty handy volume. Stilwell, who has written several books on the outdoors and gained his training in the British Army, covers subjects from preparation and equipment to information particular to foreign countries (shots required, local conditions, etc.). Chapters address such material as "Survival in the Desert" and "Rafts and River Crossings," concluding with "Ropes and Knots." The book includes many statistical tables as well as illustrations of everything from life rafts to eating utensils. It is written clearly and understandably. Recommended for public and school libraries, especially those with readers involved in outdoor adventuring.--Robert E Greenfield, formerly with Baltimore Cty. P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This book provides practical, serious advice. Stilwell begins with an initial chapter on preparation and equipment for any "survival" situation. The next section describes survival in differing physical terrains: desert, sea, tropics, polar regions, and mountains. Each chapter describes how to make a shelter, find food and water, start a fire, and identify and cope with dangerous indigenous animals. Clear line drawings and maps accompany many items. The information is clear and concise. The next section is devoted to surviving natural disasters from earthquakes and hurricanes to volcanoes, floods, and fires. Here, guidance is provided on how to prepare for a disaster, and actions to take indoors and out. The rest of the book contains more detailed information on first aid, finding food, making a fire, navigating, signaling, and tying knots. Again, each chapter is subdivided into succinct sections accompanied by clear charts and diagrams. Campers, scouts, hikers, or anyone interested in outdoor-survival techniques will find easy to use information here.-Jane S. Drabkin, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599213149
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 961,392
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Stilwell has written and edited numerous books on sports and outdoor pursuits. He previously spent five years in the English Army, where he gained invaluable training in survival skills, first-aid procedures, and escape and evasion techniques.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 Preparation and Equipment 8
2 Survival in the Desert 16
3 Survival at Sea 30
4 Survival in the Tropics 46
5 Survival in Polar Regions 62
6 Survival in Mountains 78
7 Surviving Natural Disasters 94
8 First Aid 110
9 Firemaking, Tools and Weapons 128
10 Trapping, Fishing and Plant Food 136
11 Navigation and Signalling 154
12 Rafts and River Crossings 168
13 Ropes and Knots 172
14 Appendix Foreign Travel 182
Index 190
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