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Jim’s Recommended Books:

Jim’s Non-Fiction "musts":

Jim’s "Second Tier" List of Recommended Specialty Books:

Other Nonfiction Books Recommended by SurvivalBlog Readers:

Jim’s Recommended "Be Ready to Barter" Reference Book List:

If you enjoy reading my blog, you will also likely
enjoy reading these non-fiction books that I authored:

Recommended Books on Current Events and Economics

Fiction with Survival and Preparedness
Themes (Some of these are out of print but usually available via inter-library

Note: If you enjoy SurvivalBlog, I believe that you will
also enjoy reading my novel "Patriots:
A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse"
my screenplay
"Pulling Through"
latter is currently available for free

Survivalist Fiction Recommended by SurvivalBlog Readers:

The Rawles Kids’ Favorite Books for Young Adults:



Fiction for Young Adults Recommended by SurvivalBlog Readers:

The Late Memsahib’s Top "Must Have" Book:

Encyclopedia of Country Living (Tenth edition)
Carla Emery. Sasquatch Books. (Get the Ninth or later edition.) This
book is 845 pages of valuable ‘how-to’ country
survival knowledge. The Memsahib (1964-2009) wrote: "The first time that I butchered chickens, I used
this book. When I needed 15 different ways to fix zucchini I turned to
this book, when
I wanted to make soap, pickles, jelly, bread from scratch, butter,
and cream cheese,
I found everything I needed to know in this book!"

Other Books Recommended by The Late Memsahib:

Recommended Magazine Subscriptions:

Some of JWR’s Favorite Practical and Tactical Training DVDs:

Clinton Anderson: On the Road to the Horse Colt Starting

The Art of the Tactical Carbine

Knifemaking Unplugged


Some of JWR’s Favorite Movies with Survival Themes:

A Proviso: None of these films except for City of
suitable for children!


Andromeda Strain (1971)

 The recent remake has also had positive reviews)

Hawk Down



of Ember

(suitable for ages 12 and up)

This movie was based
on the book Defiance:
The Bielski Partisans
Nechama Tec



Empire of the Sun

Enemy at the Gates

Farewell to the King

Flight of the Phoenix

(Buy the original version, made in 1965, starring
Jimmy Stewart. The recent remake pales in comparison.)

Great Escape



Am Legend

(a good remake of The
Omega Man

Jeremiah Johnson

Magnificent Seven

the American remake of Akira
Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (Shichinin No Samurai)

Matrix Series (The Matrix/ The Matrix Reloaded/ The Matrix


Omega Man

(It has far too many 1970s cliches, but still worth watching. More
recently re-made as I
Am Legend

Open Range
(IMHO, one of the better western films made)

The Outlaw Josey Wales

in Year Zero

(The corny film that first got me thinking about
TEOTWAWKI, when I was a lad)

The Patriot

The Pianist


(A typically "Hollywood" overblown production, but still
a good think piece)

The Quiet Earth



Road Warrior
, aka Mad Max movies (Mad Max 2 "The
Warrior" is
by far the best of the three, although Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
its merits)

Schindler’s List
(BTW, it is too bad that Spielberg didn’t show Oskar Schindler
arming his Jewish employees–which is what actually happened)

(I also highly recommend the short-lived cable television series Firefly
from which this feature film spun off.)

Seven Samurai (Shichinin No Samurai)

(IMHO, the best western film ever

Soylent Green
(This one barely made my list, but you may find it worth


movies (Terminator

is by far the best, IMHO. (Terminator

was a bit lame, but worth seeing if only for the glimpses
of "Crystal Peak".) The television series Terminator
– The Sarah Connor Chronicles

also has its merits.)

Things to Come

(more for fun rather than an education. Only the first movie is
worth watching, IMHO.)



at Sea

(Documentary on World War II.)

Note: If you enjoy movies with survival themes, then you will like reading
my "Pulling Through" screenplay (available for free


Some of JWR’s Favorite Movies (of Various Themes and Genres):

Proviso: Most of these films are NOT for children.
If you have teenagers, I recommend that you pre-view these films to check
their suitability for your kids at their particular




(Biography of the abolitionist William Wilberforce)

The Best Years of Our Lives

Trouble in Little China


Blade Runner

Breaker Morant

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Brother From Another Planet

Buckaroo Banzai – Across the Eighth Dimension

Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
for ages 12 and up)

Conspiracy Theory

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Dances with Wolves

Dr. Strangelove

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Groundhog Day


 Suitable for children 10 and up

Lawrence of Arabia

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
(live action, directed by Peter Jackson)


O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Passion of the Christ

The Prince of Egypt
(animated)–Suitable for children

Princess Bride

— Suitable for ages 14 and up

Raiders of the Lost Ark
(The later installments in the Indiana Jones movies
aren’t nearly as good.)

A Room with a View

Private Ryan


Secondhand Lions



Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sound of Music

They Live

The Thing

The Third Man

Thirteenth Floor

(I think that this film was probably an inspiration for The Matrix.)

Total Recall

The Train

Les Visiteurs (Original
French Version)


— Suitable for children

— Suitable for ages 14 and up

Zero Effect

Book Reviews:

The Late Memsahib’s Book Review: Physician Desk Reference (PDR) for Herbal Medicine

for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs, 2008 (Physicians’
Desk Reference (PDR) for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements)
987 pages
This is a huge book. (The price is huge too, $59.95) This book has information
on over 700 botanicals as well as a new section on nutritional supplements.
Each botanical entry gives common names and scientific names. A plant description
is given. (Though not good enough to help you recognize the plant in the wild.)
It tells the compounds found in the herb and the effects of the compounds.
A very strong plus! There is usage (both proven and unproven) for each entry.
Mode of administration and sometimes dosage amounts are given. The reason I
really like this book is for the section on precautions and adverse reactions.
Remember the Hippocratic oath—Do thy patient no harm! (There are many materials
on herbs out there which say nothing about overdoses and adverse reactions.)
There is a section of color photos of 300 or so of the botanicals. Which leads
me to what I think is the real lack of this book which is plant identification.
There is a photograph for less than half of the plants. And the photo are each
hardly larger than an inch square. Not to mention the pictures are generally
bad. So you are going to need at least one other herb book–specifically for
plant identification. I have mixed feelings about this book. It probably has
way more information in it than most people need. And it is more expensive
than most can afford. And if the balloon goes up we aren’t going to have
access to the 700 botanicals detailed in this book. But on the other hand if
I’m going to want some really good books on herbs. And this just might
be one of them. – The Memsahib

JWR’s Book Review: Boston’s Gun Bible

Gun Bible
alone as the very best all-around reference for firearms owners. Not only
does it cover practical rifles, pistols, and shotguns in detail, but it
has a wealth of valuable information on related subjects such as optics,
practical carry, training, legal issues, and legislative issues. The new
expanded and updated edition (with 200 extra pages) is fantastic!

This weighty tome is an absolute must for all gun owners.
At $28 it isn’t cheap, but as I stated before in reviewing the previous edition,
it is worth every penny. Boston’s observations and conclusions about guns
are precisely researched, scientific, and relatively dispassionate. Unlike
many other writers in the firearms field, Boston has consistently shown that
he is willing to change his mind when presented with logical evidence.

This is a book that may very well save the life of yourself or a loved one.
It is also a highly influential book that may contribute in the long run
to the restoration of our Constitutional Republic and freedom around the
world. Boston’s Gun Bible doesn’t just whine about the decline of our God-given
Constitutional liberties. Rather, it shows practical solutions that individual
Citizens can and must take to insure the liberty of future generations. It
is nothing short of a monumental work of non-fiction!

Don’t just buy one copy. Buy two! You will soon find that you’ll need an
extra copy to lend out to family members and friends. By the way, if you already have the older edition, then I strongly suggest that you buy
the latest expanded edition
. This has valuable new information,
so is well worth getting a new copy.

As a published writer, I stand in awe of this important piece of non-fiction.
It deserves a place of honor on the bookshelf of every freedom-loving Citizen.


JWR’s Book Review: How to Find Your Ideal Country Home

to Find Your Ideal Country Home: A Comprehensive Guide
Gene GeRue. 1999 Edition, Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-67454.
I had my first look at this book back in 1994, when the author contacted me
after having read the draft edition of my novel The Gray Nineties. (Which was
then available as shareware.) Ay the time, Gene GeRue had just come out with
his first edition. I was impressed with how thorough he was. His premises were
sound, and his research was excellent. Imagine my surprise this year when I
found an updated edition. It is even more thorough, and even more detailed!

GeRue systematically details the criteria to look for in a country home. He
hits all of the key factors: climate, topography, soil, vegetation, water,
demographics, agriculture, services, taxes, land/home prices, and so forth.
He includes a lot of detailed maps.

The author also includes a section on analyzing you. This
is important and shouldn’t be overlooked. It is important to understand your
personal needs, expectations, and personality. Some people just aren’t cut
out for living in the country! The book also delineates between wants, needs
and fantasies. Sometimes people have preconceptions that require a "whack
upside the head."
This book is not all "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." There are some
great doses of reality–such as finding a job or developing a home-based business
before you move to the hinterboonies. He also discusses risks such as flood
plains, fire prone regions, prisons, toxic waste, radon gas, incineration,
and so on. He also describes the factors in choosing an existing home versus
building on bare land.
I highly recommend this book. Referring to the content of GeRue’s book as a
baseline, you can add the factors that you find important for a true survival
retreat. (See my blog posts and Recommended
Retreat Locales
web page for suggestions.)

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