The Ultimate Guide To Building A Survival Library

The Ultimate Guide To Building A Survival Library

Detailed descriptions of 37 books to have on hand when the internet goes down

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.

Robert A. Heinlein

The internet has revolutionized the way we absorb information and has done away with many of the hardcopy books we used to have in our survival library.

Want to fix something? Jump on Youtube and watch some videos. Are you looking for vegetable planting dates? Go to your favorite gardening channel. Always meant to learn how to navigate with a map and compass? No problem, there are hundreds of resources available online that you can go to at any time.

But with the Fog of War that has descended upon us, things may not be so easy in the future.

Last year, Russia showed us how they could use one of their hypersonic missiles to take out one of their satellites quickly.

And with governments around the world trying to keep their citizens in the dark, something like that may happen again when they find out that there is just no way in this interconnected world with VPNs, cell phones, and independent news sources that they can fully control the narrative.

And if one or two of our communications satellites go down, there will be space debris floating throughout the satellite belt, and it may take us a long time to recover from such an act.

Creating a survival library is one of the best things you can do for your prepping plans.


Applied knowledge is power.

Gear and supplies can get lost, stolen, broken, or unavailable.

Learning, whether it be about yourself or the environment around you, is what life is about. And knowledge and skills used to be transmitted orally and taught to our younger generations, but that is no longer the case in many places.

There are two approaches to building a survival library. A digital library is a collection of files stored online. A physical library is a collection of books kept at a physical location.

A digital survival library

Those who regularly practice skills like survival and preparedness may not need much information. But for those who don’t know how to raise their food or even tie some simple knots, access to that information only weighs about one ounce – the weight of an e-book reader.

It’s not suggested that practicing and studying survival skills should or can take the place of reading books.

However, having an extensive survival library of information at your fingertips could be the one survival tool that you pack in your Bug Out Bag that saves your life.

If you’ve decided that your survival scenario involves trekking to a new place if there’s a disaster, then your collection should include books on topics such as identifying edible plants in your area; topographical maps; land navigation; and, quite frankly, some hardcore fitness materials because bugging out isn’t for the weak or the unfit.

The main problem with a digital library is that it is very vulnerable to outside forces. Water, temperature, electricity, and being broken. It is also wholly dependent on a power source. Without electricity, there will be no library.

A physical survival library

A physical survival library comprises books or printouts from your digital library. This will take up too much room and isn’t easily transported. But it is far more resistant to outside influences and doesn’t need a power source to be helpful.

And some people like the feeling of a physical book in their hands. The rustle of the paper as you turn the page. And the satisfaction of highlighting and underlining passages that will be useful in the future.  

But you might want to think of getting paperbacks to save a little bit of weight.

Why not combine both of these methods into one?

Keep a running log in digital format. At the same time, print out important information and buy a wide variety of books for survival.

The following books are an excellent start for anyone who wants to build a good foundation and are divided into six main categories: Survival Skills, Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, First Aid, and homesteading information.

 So why not start now and get some of this information while it is still readily available.

Survival Skills

SAS Survival Handbook

“A classic outdoor manual [that] addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don’t leave home without it,”–Outside magazine

The ultimate guide to surviving anywhere, now updated with more than 100 pages of additional material, including a new chapter on urban survival

Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John “Lofty” Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers.

From essential camp craft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes:

Being prepared: Understanding basic survival skills, like reading the weather, and preparation essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.

Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, staying warm, and creating tools.

Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.

First Aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.

Disaster survival: How to react in the face of natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive if all services and supplies are cut off.

Self-defense: Arming yourself with basic hand-to-hand combat techniques.

Security: Protecting your family and property from intrusion, break-ins, and theft.

Climate & terrain: Overcoming locations, from the tropics to the poles, from the desert to the mountains and sea.

When All Hell Breaks Loose

Survival expert Cody Lundin’s new book, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes is what every family needs to prepare and educate themselves about survival psychology and the skills necessary to negotiate a disaster whether you are at home, in the office, or your car.

This is not your father’s scout manual or a sterile FEMA handout. It entertains as it informs, describing how to maximize a survival mindset necessary for self-reliance.

According to the book, living through an emergency scenario is 90 percent psychology and 10 percent methodology and gear. Relevant quotes and tips are placed throughout the pages to help readers remember essential survival strategies under stress and anxiety.

Lundin also addresses basic first Aid and hygiene skills and makes recommendations for survival kit items for the home, office, and car.

Watch naturalist Cody Lundin in “Dual Survival” on The Discovery Channel as he uses many of the same skills and techniques taught in his books. When All Hell Breaks Loose provides solutions on how to survive a catastrophe. Lundin addresses topics such as:

  • Potable drinking water
  • Storing super-nutritious foods
  • Heating or cooling without conventional power
  • How to create alternative lighting options
  • Building a makeshift toilet & composting the results
  • Catching rodents for food
  • Safely disposing of a corpse

Just in Case

If disaster strikes and public services are limited, you want to know that your family will be cared for. Learn how to inventory and rotate your food supply, pack an evacuation kit, maintain communication with loved ones, etc.

You’ll soon gain the ingenuity and resourcefulness to get your family through even unfortunate circumstances.

98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive

Cody Lundin, director of the Aboriginal Living Skills School in Prescott, Arizona, shares his brand of wilderness wisdom in this highly anticipated new book on commonsense, modern survival skills for the backcountry, the backyard, or the highway.

This is the ultimate book on how to stay alive based on the principle of keeping the body’s core temperature at a lively 98.6 degrees.

Cody stresses that humans can live without food for weeks and water for about three days in his entertaining and informative style. But if the body’s core temperature dips much below or above the 98.6-degree mark, a person can die within hours.

It is a concept that many don’t take seriously or even consider, but knowing what to do to maintain a safe core temperature when lost in a blizzard or the desert could save your life. Lundin delivers the message with wit, rebellious humor, and plenty of backcountry expertise.

Watch naturalist Cody Lundin on “Dual Survival” as he uses many of the same skills and techniques taught in his book: 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive.

Bushcraft 101 

“With advice on not just getting along, but truly reconnecting with the great outdoors, Dave Canterbury’s treasure trove of world-renowned wisdom and experience comes to life within these pages.” —Bustle.

New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel!

The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!

Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors.

Based on the 5Cs of Survivability–cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages–this valuable guide offers only the most critical survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you’ll also discover detailed information on:

  • Choosing the right items for your kit
  • Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
  • Collecting and cooking food.
  • Protecting yourself from the elements.

With Canterbury’s guidance, you’ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, but you’ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you’ve never imagined.

Gregory J. Davenport’s Wilderness Survival

“A must-read for anyone who goes outdoors. Informative and captivating.” — Capt. Scott O’Grady, survivor, Bosnia

With concise explanations and detailed illustrations, survival expert Gregory Davenport covers the five essential elements of survival–personal protection, signaling, finding food and water, travel, and health–providing the reader with complete information on how to stay calm and alive until rescue arrives.

  • Completely updated with information on keeping yourself safe and healthy in the wilderness
  • A comprehensive, well-organized, and user-friendly guide to staying alive in the backcountry

FM 21-76, US Army Survival Manual 

Army Survival Manual is the most acceptable single source for self-reliance in all extreme circumstances. A must for anyone who wants to know how to survive in primitive conditions.

The book is straightforward with many pictures and user-friendly illustrations, written in easy-to-understand language.

This is just some of the survival information that this book provides:

  • All climates: arctic, tropics, temperate forest, savannah, or desert.
  • All-terrain survival tactics.
  • The Will to Survive.
  • Identify poisonous snakes, as well as edible and non-edible plants.
  • Survival Medicine.
  • Wilderness medicine.
  • Techniques on First Aid.
  • Survival in the hottest or coldest climates.
  • Survival Planning.
  • Make polluted water potable.
  • How to find water.
  • Ways to trap and collection techniques of water.
  • It covers navigation and compass use.
  • Find direction using the sun and stars.
  • Weapons and Tools.
  • Recognizing signs of land when lost at sea.
  • Building lifesaving shelters.
  • Traps and snares.
  • How to prepare wild game to be cooked also preserving food.
  • All types of fire-making.
  • Water Crossings.
  • Find direction using the sun and stars.
  • Physical and mental fitness.
  • Disaster preparedness.

Again this is just some of the survival information in this book!

Be Ready When The Sh*t Goes Down

Ultimate Fighter champ Forrest Griffin and Erich Krauss, who previously brought you the New York Times bestseller Got Fight, now offer a hilarious and timely guide to surviving the coming apocalypse. 

Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down provides everything an aspiring Mad Max needs to know about post-apocalyptic living. Since it’s coming soon anyway, we might as well all Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down

Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills

This book is an in-depth “how-to” of outdoor primitive skills. It is highly recommended.


Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties

This excellent hands-on guide by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America contains a wealth of practical instruction and advice on how to build everything from a bark teepee and a tree-top house to a log cabin and a sod house.

No professional architects are needed here, and knowing how to use an ax is more critical than possessing carpentry skills.

More than 300 of the author’s illustrations and a clear, easy-to-follow text enable campers to create such lodgings as half-cave shelters, beaver mat huts, birch bark shacks, and over-water camps, a Navajo hogan, and a pole house.

Additional chapters provide information on using an ax, split and notch logs, making a fireplace, and even building appropriate gateways to log houses, game preserves, ranches, and other open areas.

An invaluable book for scouts, campers, hikers, and hunters of all ages, this guide and its fascinating collection of outdoor lore “still has intrinsic value,” said Whole Earth Magazine, and will be of keen interest to any modern homesteader.

The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Life-saving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation


You can survive a couple of weeks without food and a few days without water, but you would be lucky to survive one night without shelter in some cases.

With structures ideally suited for any weather condition, this book presents emergency shelter designs built from various elements, including 100 percent gathered items, natural and store-bought supplies, and even durable construction materials.

The author offers helpful tips and techniques for mastering your shelter-building skills and tutorials on making essential tools, bedding, mattresses, and other items to increase shelter comfort.

Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos, this all-encompassing primer teaches you how to construct various lifesaving shelters.

EMP Post Apocalyptic Survival (5 book series)

No phones. No computers. No Internet. Nothing.

The thin thread holding the civilized world together has been severed. Millions of citizens have been thrust into the unknown. As society falls into dismay, John charges headlong into the escalating chaos to protect his family’s only thing he holds dear.


Harvesting H2o: A prepper’s guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid

How to find, purify, filter, and store clean drinking water is of primary importance to preppers and off-grid homesteaders. Water is the element that sustains all life, but most of the earth’s surface water is unsafe for human consumption. Nicholas Hyde’s latest work may become the most important reference book in your survival kit.

Learn how to drill your well using hand tools, properly harvest rainwater, find water in the wild, and what to do with your infinitely renewable water supply once you have established it. Topics covered include:

  • The Dangers of Drinking Wild Water
  • Purifying Water at Home
  • Building Your Water Filter
  • Home Distillation
  • Land-Based Marine Water Makers
  • Drilling Your Well
  • Collecting Rainwater
  • Other Sources of Water in the Wild
  • Practical Water Storage Solutions
  • Other Interesting Water Gadgets

The information in this book is timeless and professionally edited. Order Harvesting H2o today and take the most crucial step towards sustainable living.

Water Purification: The Definitive Guide to Water Purification, Storage, and Acquisition

You Cannot Survive Longer Than Three Days Without Water

Learn how to clean water using the sun, filters and pills, and a fire.

That’s how much water a group of people needs to scrape by in the case of a water emergency. Every day, the average first-world person uses over 300 gallons of water in everything from hygiene to doing laundry.

Going through our lives every day, it’s easy to forget that we could die within three days of going without this precious resource.

What You Can Do to Prepare for a Worse Case Scenario

If the worst happened, would you be ready? Would your knowledge and resources be invaluable to your family and friends, or would you be helpless? The time to think about the future is in the present.

Preppers know the various ups and downs of different water purification and acquisition. Still, a desire for a complete working knowledge of different ways to maintain water and ensure its quality is rare to all but the most dedicated.

Here is some of what you’ll learn:

  • To become clean, what temperature water must reach (hint: it’s not boiling).
  • What water is okay to drink when traveling.
  • How to filter water.
  • How to store water.

Water purification is a skill whose value may one day be immeasurable. Isn’t it worth any price to ensure the survival of yourself and those you love?

Water 4 Survival (A Wilderness Survival Topic Book 3)

The priorities of wilderness survival place finding a source of potable water as third on the list of immediate necessities.

This book explains the various sources of water that a person is likely to encounter, what hazards may be associated with such a water source, and provide different techniques to render the water safe for human consumption.

Loaded with illustrations and information, Water 4 Survival aims to provide a complete toolkit of knowledge and information to provide the reader with a host of options for procuring water that is safe to drink in a wilderness survival situation using bushcraft techniques.

It is designed around the wilderness survival concept, requiring a minimum of tools, supplies, and construction abilities.


Guide to Making Fire without Matches: Tips, Tactics, and Techniques for Starting a Fire in Any Situation

Learn How to Start a Fire, Even When It Seems Impossible!

Since the dawn of humanity, fire has been a staple of survival. Fire is an essential element that is almost impossible for humans to live without, whether used to keep warm, cook food, or scare away predators.

But with society’s current dependence on modern tools and technology, many people would have no idea how to start a fire without matches or a lighter. In an emergency, a lack of knowledge could easily prove fatal.

In Guide to Making Fire without Matches, survival expert Christopher Nyerges provides readers with all the skills they may need to start a fire without modern tools.

The book begins by covering the history and lore surrounding the fire and then describes, in detail, the four main methods through which fire is made: friction, the sun, electricity, and chemistry. Additional topics include:

  • How to make a fire in the rain
  • The best locations to build a fire
  • Safety precautions to take when around a fire
  • How to tend your fire
  • How to make a signal fire
  • Different ways to cook with fire
  • And much more!

With helpful diagrams, illustrations, and sidebars, Guide to Making Fire without Matches is the ultimate reference book for learning about an essential element.


Secret Garden of Survival (3 book series)

Imagine a food garden that you only have to plant once in your life, that takes up very little space, that will provide food for you and your family for the next 30 years; that can grow five times more food per square foot than traditional or commercial gardening; and where you never have to weed, never have to use fertilizers and never have to use pesticide– ever.

All disguised to look like overgrown underbrush so that nobody knows you have food growing there. —This book will show you how!

This is the ultimate sustainable homestead and prepper greenhouse but purposely doesn’t look like it.

Imagine a greenhouse that heats your home in the winter and heats your water; that grows five times more food per sq. ft. than a hoop house; that provides food for you and your family all year long; where your food grows in 3 dimensions; where you never have to use fertilizer; where you never have to use pesticide, and where you can grow exotic foods (i.e., citrus or coffee trees in New England); that allows you to start seedlings in the spring; that hides your solar electric system; and that can house your small animals or incubate chickens and ducks.

All disguised to look like a porch on your home so that desperate and hungry passersby would have no idea that you have food growing there.

This greenhouse does all that.

This book is a simple, straightforward, step-by-step approach to creating your own Secret Greenhouse of Survival, and it’s easy and cheap to build!

Written by Rick Austin, the Survivalist Gardener, the author of the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design- The Secret Garden of Survival- How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest.

When most people think of raising homestead livestock, they invariably think they must have chickens and a cow. But truth be told, when it comes to raising livestock, there are many reasons to avoid raising chickens altogether and almost every reason not to own a cow.

Just like in my previous two books in this series, the Secret Livestock of Survival- How to Raise the Very Best Choices for Retreat and Homestead Livestock will show you how to grow your sources of food (in this case- protein), with a much better return on your investment of time, money, feed, housing, and real estate, than with traditional homestead thinking.

And these livestock animals are discrete, so most people won’t even know you are raising them. 

I wrote this book as the book that I wish I could have read before I ventured into raising livestock. Because if this book had been available then, I could have done it right the first time and saved myself a lot of time, heartache, and money!

Now you can learn what I have learned without knowing it the hard way.

If you are serious about raising livestock, whether you are an existing homesteader or just getting started, this book will save you many hundreds of times what it costs you to buy right now. (And the information contained in this book can replace the need for you to buy about ten other livestock books.)

You can now live off the grid. Not just on the electrical grid but off the industrial food grid. And the less you are reliant on the industrial food chain, the wealthier and more secure you will be.

Also check out some of the gardening articles on this site like How To Store Leftover Vegetable Seeds for planting next year.

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat 

There’s food growing everywhere! You’ll be amazed by how many plants you see each day are nutritious edibles. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban and suburban neighborhoods.

Full-color photographs make identification easy, while tips on common plant locations, pesticides, pollution, and dangerous flora make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your backyard.

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to over 200 Natural Foods

“Beautiful color photographs . . . temptingly arranged.”—The Library Letter.

Are you planning an outdoor adventure? Before going, consult this information-packed and photo-filled North American field guide—arranged by season and region!

A massive success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, nearly 400 color photos, and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America.

With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find locating and identifying their desired ingredients very simple. Each entry includes images, facts on the plant’s habitat, physical properties, harvesting, preparation, and poisonous look-alikes.

The introduction contains tempting recipes, and there’s a quick-reference seasonal key for each plant.

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants 

A guide to 32 of the best and most common edible wild plants in North America, with detailed information on how to identify them, where they are found, how and when they are harvested, which parts are used, how they are prepared, as well as their culinary use, ecology, conservation, and cultural history.

Mors Kochanski’s 21 Native Wild Edible Plants 

The few wild plants listed here are likely the only ones that are about as close as domestic plants can be in digestability. Of the 1800 flowering plants in Alberta, about 800 are mentioned as being used as food. I suspect some wild edible plants may require weeks to acclimatize to them.

Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes

Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes has taught me that my backyard is full of free food! Way to go, Sergei.” —John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market

In this field guide to foraging wild edible plants, Sergei Boutenko (son of raw-food guru Victoria Boutenko) explores the health benefits of wild-harvested food, explains how to safely identify trailside weeds, herbs, fruits, and greens that grow worldwide, and shares his delicious, nutrient-dense recipes.

Sergei Boutenko has been gathering wild plants since he was 13, when, early on in a 6-month hike from Mexico to Canada, he and his raw-food family ran out of provisions and turned to forage for survival in the wild. Back in civilization, Boutenko was dismayed by the inferior quality of store-bought food and industrial agriculture and began to collect wild plants near his home regularly and on his travels.

In Wild Edibles, he shares knowledge from years of live-food wildcrafting and thriving in harmony with nature.

This practical guide to plant foraging gives hikers, backpackers, raw foodists, gardeners, chefs, foodies, DIYers, survivalists, and off-the-grid enthusiasts the tools to identify, harvest, and prepare wild edible plants. The book outlines basic rules for safe wild-food foraging and discusses poisonous plants, plant identification protocol, gathering etiquette, and conservation.

Boutenko explores the many rewards of eating wild flora: environmental protection, sustainability, saving money, economic self-sufficiency, and healthy living. He draws on thoroughly researched nutrition science to make a compelling case for the health benefits of a diverse, local-food diet that includes wild greens.

Most of the 60 edible plants described in this field guide can be found worldwide, including common-growing trees. Over 300 color photos make plant identification easy and safe.

A chapter containing 67 high-nutrient vegan recipes—including green smoothies, salads and salad dressings, spreads and crackers, main courses, juices, and sweets—provides inspiration to join Sergei on the trail to radiant health.

The Trapper’s Bible

Recognize animal tracks and signs; master a variety of wood and steel traps, snares, deadfalls, and pens; mix your animal scents; skin, stretch, cure, and tan hides; learn how to trap every animal imaginable; and more!

A collection of tips, tactics, and anecdotes from the finest trappers the United States has ever seen, The Trapper’s Bible is an essential reference guide for hunters, trappers, and historians.

Taken directly from some of the leading authorities in the trapping profession, hundreds of photos and illustrations adorn this fascinating compendium. Here are details on a wide variety of different traps and extensive information outlining the behavior and nature of a long list of animals commonly hunted and trapped:

  • Deer and moose
  • Muskrat and beaver
  • Wolf, coyote, and fox
  • Black bear and grizzly bear.
  • Raccoon and rabbit
  • Skunk, weasel, and woodchuck
  • And much more!

The Trapper’s Bible offers the best of the best. It’s a fantastic collection of hard-to-find information and an informative look into life as a trapper.

First Aid and medical knowledge

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook: What to Do When Help is NOT on the Way

The essential guide to taking care of your family’s health when you can’t get medical help or answers right away.

It’s the worst snowstorm you can remember. The ice-covered streets are abandoned. You hear a boom in the distance, and your computer screen goes blank.

Darkness. A crash and another bang from inside the house. Your husband sits on the floor in the hallway, soaked in blood. You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal. Would you know what to do next?

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will teach you just what you need to know to take care of yourself and your loved ones if you aren’t able to get professional medical help right away. Encompassing but going well beyond immediate first Aid, the book covers:

  • how to put a dislocated joint back into place
  • how to prevent hypothermia when your heat has gone out
  • what to do for asthma when you don’t have your inhaler
  • whether you can drink your urine if you run out of water
  • what to feed your toddler if he has a fever and you have no medicine

and much more

Featuring more than 100 illustrations, along with quick quizzes and real-life examples, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will take you step by step through the essentials of medical care during a crisis.

Perhaps you’ve been stranded by a sudden storm when out camping. Maybe you live alone in a rural area and can’t quickly get to a doctor when you hurt your arm.

Or you just want to make sure you and your family are prepared to safely weather the next Superstorm Sandy, polar vortex, tornado strike, heatwave, earthquake, or other natural disasters.

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook is your must-have medical resource for whatever your situation and health needs.

Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook

Hesperian’s classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is arguably the most widely-used health care manual globally.

This 2020 updated reprint features updated medication information, a newly revised family planning chapter, new treatments for various infections, and more.

All Hesperian books are regularly updated and reprinted to reflect accurate medical information.

Useful for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs, with millions of copies in print in more than 75 languages, the manual provides practical, easily understood information on diagnosing, treating, and preventing common diseases.

Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems.

Where There Is No Dentist 

This 2021 updated reprint features information on Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART), filling cavities without using a dental drill, and updated information on other training materials and resources.

This book is an essential companion to Hesperian’s classic book Where There Is No Doctor. All Hesperian books are regularly updated and reprinted to reflect accurate medical information.

Community health workers, educators, and individuals worldwide use Where There Is No Dentist to help people care for their teeth and gums.

This book’s broad focus makes it an invaluable resource. The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to

  • examine patients
  • diagnose common dental problems
  • create and use dental equipment
  • use local anesthetics
  • place fillings
  • and remove teeth

A particular chapter on oral health and HIV/AIDS provides the dental worker with a detailed, well-illustrated discussion of the unique problems faced by people living with HIV/AIDS and appropriate treatment.

A Book for Midwives: Care for Pregnancy, Birth, and Women’s Health

This 2020 update of A Book for Midwives includes completely updated malaria treatment information for pregnant women, recommendations for preventing HIV in babies, etc.

This book covers the essentials of care before, during, and after birth, by providing a variety of designs for low-cost equipment and training materials. All Hesperian books are regularly updated and reprinted to reflect accurate medical information.

This latest edition includes

  • new information on helping women stay healthy during pregnancy
  • helping mothers have safer labors and births
  • preventing, managing, and treating obstetric emergencies
  • breastfeeding
  • the health needs of new babies
  • and involving the community in improving the health of mothers and pregnant women
  • new information about treatment and medications for HIV and other STIs
  • vaccinations, medicines, and drug interactions
  • infection prevention
  • improved methods for dealing with complicated deliveries
  • and information on family planning.

Initially published in 1995, A Book for Midwives has proven to be a vital resource for practicing midwives and midwifery training programs worldwide.

Heavily illustrated, clearly written, and developed with the participation of community-based midwives, midwifery trainers, and medical specialists around the world, it is equally helpful in a rural village or urban clinic, as a training manual for students or as a reference for an experienced midwife.

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide 

The definitive, full-color guide to making and using approximately 250 herbal medicines at home, with instructions for everything from harvesting to administering low-cost, DIY remedies.

This comprehensive, full-color guide provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for making and using approximately 250 herbal medicines at home, including practical tips and numerous effective formulas developed and tested by the authors, both expert herbalists with years of experience.

Readers who appreciate the health-giving properties of herbal medicines but are discouraged by the high price of commercial products can now make their preparations for a fraction of the cost.

The authors tell you everything you need to know about harvesting, preparing, and administering herbs in many different forms, including fresh, bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar, oil, and even oil preparations like essential oils and flower essences.

The book also covers topical applications of herbs such as salves, lotions, poultices, tooth powders, ear drops, and more and includes an extensive chapter on herbal hydrotherapy.

The Modern Herbal Dispensary explains why different preparations of the same herb will obtain better results, demonstrating how capsules, teas, tinctures, or glycerites of the same plant will not have the same effect on the body.

Leading herbalists Thomas Easley and Steven Horne have tested and proven the herbal formulas and suggestions for treating more than one hundred illnesses. They lay out the principles of herbal formulation and provide instructions on preparing single herbs, a procedure primarily ignored in other references.

More comprehensive than any other guide, thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated, and presented with ease of use, this book will be the premier reference for those who want to produce all the herbal remedies they need and save money.

The Complete Medicinal Herbal: A Practical Guide to the Healing Properties of Herbs 

Complete Medicinal Herbal is a fully illustrated practical guide to the healing properties of herbs. The book includes more than 120 medicinal herbs with significant therapeutic properties and a section on their historical uses; The Complete Medicinal Herbal is a must for every home book shelve.

All the parts of the plants that can be used medicinally are shown, from fresh flower petals or leaves to the root, bark, and juice.

Each entry details the plant’s chemical constituents, actions, and therapeutic applications—from exotic ma huang, used in China to treat asthma for 5,000 years, to humble cabbage, effective against stomach ulcers in clinical tests.

A special how-to section explains the preparation of herbal remedies. More than 250 safe treatments help alleviate common complaints—from ordinary coughs, colds, and headaches to unique treatments for skin conditions, digestive problems, and children’s illnesses — even detailed lists of herbs for the elderly.

Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook

It is critical for backcountry travelers to have the ability to handle dangerous situations when they occur. This includes a logical, commonsense approach to injury and illness that considers the unique aspects of the wilderness setting.

Based on the Wilderness Medical Associates curriculum, this comprehensive reference book clearly explains essential diagnostics and first aid procedures necessary for wilderness injuries, including general principles in wilderness medicine, basic life support; medical supplies; wilderness travel; and the newest first aid methods for outdoor situations. It is a necessary reference for anyone headed into the great outdoors. 


The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide

Embrace off-grid green living with a new edition of the bestselling classic guide to a more sustainable way of life from the father of self-sufficiency.

For over 40 years, John Seymour has inspired thousands to make more responsible, enriching, and eco-friendly choices with his advice on living sustainably. 

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It offers step-by-step instructions on everything from chopping trees to harnessing solar power, from growing fruit and vegetables and preserving and pickling your harvest to baking bread, brewing beer, and making cheese.

Seymour shows you how to live off the land, running your smallholding or homestead, keeping chickens, and raising (and butchering) livestock.

Seymour’s words offer an alternative: a celebration of the joy of investing time, labor, and love into the things we need in a world of mass production, intensive farming, and food miles.

While we can’t all move to the countryside, we can appreciate the need to eat food that has been grown ethically or create things we can cherish, using skills that have been handed down through generations.

With refreshed, retro-style illustrations and a brand-new foreword by Alice Waters, this new edition of Seymour’s classic title is a balm for anyone who has ever sought solace away from the madness of modern life.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself

#1 — The Best Country and Rural Living Books*

#1 — 15 Best Homesteading Books for Beginners in 2021**

For more than 50 years, this homesteading classic has been the essential book of basic skills and country wisdom for living off the land, being prepared, and doing it yourself. Keep your family healthy, safe, and independent–no matter what’s going on.

From homesteaders to urban farmers and everyone in between, there is a desire for a more straightforward way of life: a healthier, greener, more self-sufficient, and holistic approach that allows you to survive and thrive—even in uncertain times.

With its origins in the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Learn how to live independently in this complete guide, including how to:

  • Can, dry, and preserve food
  • Plan your garden
  • Grow your food
  • Make 20-minute cheese
  • Make your natural skincare products
  • Bake bread
  • Cook on a wood stove
  • Learn beekeeping
  • Raise chickens, goats, and pigs
  • Create natural skincare products
  • Make organic bug spray
  • Treat your family with homemade remedies
  • Make fruit leather
  • Forage for wild food
  • Spin wool into yarn
  • Mill your flour 
  • Tap a maple tree
  • And more!

This book deserves a place in urban and rural homes alike; basic, thorough, and reliable.

Foxfire Series

For over 40 years, high school students in Foxfire programs have helped to gather and publish information about their Southern Appalachian heritage.

Best known for the best-selling Foxfire Book series, the series, and the other topical titles were all grown from interviews gathered for The Foxfire Magazine.

The success of the student-driven program led to professional research that generated the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning and its support materials for use by other educators hoping to achieve similar levels of student involvement and create life-long learners.

Escape the City volumes one & two

Escape the City is the perfect guide for people who live in the City or suburbs and want to move to the country. This is the “missing manual” that tells you everything you need to know on thousands of topics that you never even realized existed.

Whether you’re interested in shopping for a used tractor, starting garden seeds in a grow tent, logging your trees, planting a berry patch, breeding sheep, arranging for firewood delivery, making ten gallons of hearty soup from a pig skeleton, installing solar electric power, or fighting invasive species, Escape the City has the information you need.

There are endless books on gardening, farming, and homesteading. Why this book?* Other books don’t have sufficient breadth. EtC covers absolutely everything related to living in the country.* Other books have blind spots about the basic stuff. EtC explains the “obvious” stuff: the difference between straw and hay and between discing plowing and rototilling.*

Other books don’t spell out the details. EtC has checklists, choices for different budgets, and step-by-step instructions. Escape the City explains all of the basics – everything from buying a tractor to fertilizing gardens – and concludes with dozens of recipes for farm-to-table dishes like Apple Pie with lard crust, Maple Creme Brulee, Pork Stock, Duck Leg Confit, Pork, and Pumpkin Soup, Lamb Chops, and even a Whole Pig Roast.

The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

The book includes detailed information on:

  • Gravity-fed water systems
  • Fuelwood hedge production and processing
  • Human health through nutrient-dense production strategies
  • Rapid topsoil formation and demineralization
  • Agroforestry, silvopasture & grazing
  • Earthworks
  • Species composition
  • The site-design process and site management
  • Ecosystem services, especially regarding flood mitigation
  • Tools, equipment, and appropriate technology guides
  • A “Homestead Vulnerability” checklist
  • Resiliency Aptitude quiz and skills list for emergencies 
  • And much more!

Complete with gorgeous photography and detailed design drawings throughout!

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is more than just a book of tricks and theories for regenerative site development. It offers actual working results from a complex farm ecosystem based on research from the “great thinkers” in permaculture. It presents a viable home-scale model for an intentional food-producing ecosystem in cold climates and beyond.

Falk inspires would-be homesteaders everywhere, especially those with “unlikely” farming land. It is an inspiration in what can be done by imitating natural systems and making the most of what we have by re-imagining what’s possible.

A gorgeous case study for the homestead of the future.

Hand Mending Made Easy: Save Time and Money Repairing Your Clothes

Twelve easy, well-illustrated lessons demonstrate how to mend clothes in the comfort of one’s home. Chapters include basics from threading a needle and sewing on buttons to repairing seams and fixing seams and buttonholes, ironing techniques, and repairing broken zippers, all done without a sewing machine.

The easy-to-read, step-by-step language allows anyone to sew ripped hems, replace missing buttons, fix sweater snags, and so much more, replace unwearable garments in their wardrobe.

This reference is an essential resource for any household, proving that mending is an easy, money-saving skill that anyone—men, women, children—can do.

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More

The companion to the bestseller Back to Basics for the country, urban, and suburban folks—now fully updated!

Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this extensive, fully illustrated guide on the basics of living a good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the City.

Whether you live in the City, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective.

Have you got sunlight? Start container gardening. Fresh tomato sauce is an option with homegrown fresh tomatoes and a few plants.

Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles).

Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies.

Make your soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. This book offers information on anything a homesteader needs, from what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning.


I could go on and on, but these are some of my favorites and will give you all the tools you may need in any real emergency.

You can’t be too prepared when it comes to emergencies. Make sure you have the right tools by building your survival library today!

If you have a favorite, I’d love to hear it.


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