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Posted March 3, 2013
First off, I don't know who this "reviewer" Bruceki is, but he clearly seems to have something against the author personally, as he didn't review the book at all.
Now, for my review.
I found this to be an amazing resource for only a few bucks. To be fair, you can also read much (if not all) of this for free from their website, but I wanted it for my nook. There were lots of ideas and methods in the book to allow the reader to contemplate loading up the truck and moving to Beverly Hills (or the country). For me, it actually helped to convince me that I'm NOT ready to make that leap. While there were lots of good money making ideas, I'm not yet confident with my skills to act on them. Still, the book helped me to see the possibilities and prioritize. If you're intrigued with the idea of moving to the country, I recommend the book.
Posted June 5, 2012
I've read a number of things by this author over the last few years; he has many opinions on farming, and has dabbled a bit in all sorts of things. Nothing has panned out for him; as far I as know he's never turned a profit on anything he's tried. It's not the sort of background that gives me much confidence in this book.
This book is a guide to profitable homesteading -- ask the author which one of the things he talks about here that he's currently doing, and has made a profit on. Is it too much to ask that if you write a book you actually practice what you're preaching?
If you'd like a how-to guide to making money farming or homesteading, look for one where the author is someone whos actually done it, perservered and and overcome the challenges associated with the subject at hand.
I'm speaking as someone who is actively farming and has looked at this book from that viewpoint; do I consider it a good use of a few bucks for someone contemplating homesteading or farming? This wouldn't be on my list.
Look for an author that is actively doing what you seek to do, and is CURRENTLY doing it. If they stopped doing it, as this author has for the majority of his ventures, ask why, and look for a book about the failure. Joel Salatin and Julius Ruechel spring to mind as two authors that I think are much more credible.
Or drill down and find a book about the particular thing you're after. Want to raise pigs? Chickens? Can vegetables? There are lots of good choices.
Posted April 17, 2012
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