Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Review: The Ultimate Survival Manual by Rich Johnson

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. The people who survive are those who know what to do: They have their earthquake kits packed, their compasses at the ready, and their self-defense moves down pat. Everyone wants to believe that they are that person-the one who would prevail whether they found themselves facing a tornado, an angry bear, or a revolution in a third-world country. Filled with clear, concise instructions, helpful diagrams, essential checklists, and inspirational first-person stories from the survival pros at Outdoor Life magazine, this book is a fascinating armchair read that might just save the reader's life. Sprinkled throughout are real-life "extreme survival" stories of amazing feats that both inform and entertain. Even if the most terrifying thing you've ever survived is a traffic jam, this book is a must-read.    

This book better be available here in the Philippines because I'm definitely thinking of buying my own copy.

The Ultimate Survival Manual contain tips for surviving outdoors, during disasters and other urban situations. Some of the tips include how to live through a flash flood, harvest aspirin from tree bark and make a DIY alarm.

I've found a lot of really interesting tips in here. Of course, most of these things are tips for situations that you do not want to find yourself encountering, like floods and terrorist attacks. It never hurts to know what to do in theory, though. At the very least, you can pass on the knowledge to others. Aside from tips and how-tos, this book also contains anecdotes from people who lived through disasters.

The only downside here is, since there are so many tips, it's best to reread this over and over or maybe pick and choose the ones most relevant to you so you won't forget a thing.

Thanks to NetGalley and Weldon Owen for the e-copy.


  1. This book covers a wide range of topics.
  2. The layout and illustrations serve to make reading and remembering tips easier.
  3. The tips are quite helpful.


  1. You have to read this repeatedly so you can absorb everything.

Plants can tip you off that rain is on the way, usually because parts of them close as the moisture content in the air increases.

  1. You want to be prepared!
  2. You want to protect yourself and your family.
  3. You like learning helpful information.




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