There are a lot of books out there about preparation and survival, some are better than others. In the case of these books, these should be seem as “homework” to give you ideas and knowledge to prepare better. The worst time to read this is AFTER issues arise.
Here are some recommendation:
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
By Max Brooks
This book is a spin off of the World War Z fictional book written by Brooks. While it is a fictional account of survival, this book actually has a lot of good information and is a fun read.
See the book here: The Zombie Survival Guide
See Brooks’ World War Z here: World War Z
- How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter, and Self-Preservation That Makes Starvation in the Wilderness Next to Impossible
By Bradford Angier
See the book here: How to Stay Alive in the Woods
Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods
By Elias and Dykeman
This is a great book full of color photos to help you identify plants that can be used as food or medicine. It also points out plants to avoid that are poisonous and may look similar to other beneficial plants. Take time to study and identify these now. This also would be a good book to have in your pack if you plan to Bug Out to the wilderness for an extended period of time.
See the book here: Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods
The Book of Camping & Woodcraft
By Horace Kephart
Horace Kephart is regarded to be one of the top woodsmen of the 20th century. His book details information he gained from his many years living in the wilderness. The no-nonsense approach is not meant to entertain the reader, but to inform them. This does not make It a light read, but it is packed with details on almost every wilderness subject you can think of. If you plan to spend a fair bit of time in the wilderness to get away from a certain level of emergency, then this is a great book to use to build skills.
See the book here: The Book of Camping & Woodcraft
- SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive in the Wild, on Land or Sea
This is a great pocket book written by a former British Special Forces member. It covers survival on land and water. Subjects range from knot tying to shelter building and from self-defense to navigation. Consequently, this pocket book is very thick. Packing it in your back pocket may not be a good idea if you intend to sit down.. It probably is better suited to an easy to reach place in your pack.
See the book here: SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive in the Wild, on Land or Sea
Poor Man’s Wilderness Survival Kit: Assembling Your Emergency Gear for Little or No Money
This book has lots of good information in it. Much of it is common sense if you have read any other preparedness literature. I would suggest this if you are very new to planning, but if money is an issue, you might be best borrowing this. Spend the money you save on some basic gear. Never the less, it was an interesting read and had some good ideas about creating a kit with very little money on hand.