How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It: A Review
Written in 2009, How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It is a jam-packed and fairly comprehensive look at preparing for the worst. The book could easily apply to those concerned about peak oil or climate change, as well as anyone uncertain of the social or political environment they find themselves in.
Let me preface by saying this is truly a worst-case-scenario book. It takes the pessimistic look at social and infrastructural breakdown due to any number of catastrophic events - from peak oil to terrorism to natural disaster. The author doesn't pretend to predict the future; Rawles only states his belief in the fragility of our networks and lifestyles and offers ways to prepare yourself for the worst. Once you get past the post-apocalyptic and depressive future he predicts, the book is an invaluable asset to any home.
How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It was written by survivalist, former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and founder and editor of the renowned SurvivalBlog.com, John Wesley, Rawles.
Rawles gives only a little to convince you that you should prepare for what he references as TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) or when TSHTF (The S*** Hits The Fan). Among the list of possibilities are things such as:
- Hyperinflationary or deflationary depression
- Terrorist or other warfare
- Climate change or wide-spread natural disaster
- Oil embargo
Instead, he hurries to the point: preparation and how to do it well. The book covers ever aspect imaginable: location, water, food storage, power, medicinal, security, charity and so much more. While there were some sections that were merely brief overviews (for example, gardening and livestock can hardly be covered in a single book), he offers numerous resources for further research and learning. He also goes into long- and short-term preparations, preparing when you don't have land and an incredible amount more.
While it wasn't a happy scene the book painted, How To Survive The End Of The world As We Know It covers things often overlooked, like the potential danger of cooking food in a community where food is scarce (the odor may alert looters where to go) or the potential sanitary hazard of the sewer grid failing.
Whether or not you have the survivalist mentality or simply want to feel a bit more prepared for the unknown, this book is a must for your book shelf.