Absolutely THE book to get you through Y2K...and a sense of independence.

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Well folks, lest ye think I'm only here to tangle with trolls (though they're making it too easy), I have a book for you that will ABSOLUTELY help you get yourself, your family and community self-sufficient and answer the majority of survival questions.

It's a Reader's Digest hardcover entitled: Back To Basics - How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills. It's a 456 page hardcover in color. Covers everything from: Buying land and building on it, Energy from the wood, water wind and sun, Raising vegetables and livestock, Enjoying your harvest year-round, Skills and crafts for house and homestead, Recreation at home and in the wild.

It will show you how to find and pump water, dress and butcher game, how to heat your home (various methods), storing food and water, canning, making yarn, making fuel, caring for livestock and several hundred other things that I've never even thought of before purchasing this book. Recaptures the traditions and skills of living off the land that our modern society has lost to technology and convenience.

It is most excellent, and the best all-around survival book I've ever read. It will be our Y2K survival bible.

The ISBN No. is: ISBN 0-89577-086-5

We special ordered it from Walden books. Was around $34.00

I could only hope for a "little something" from Reader's Digest for the marketing efforts. If not, I shall revel in the satisfaction that all you GI Forumers will have the knowlege to go it on your own.

Also, American Survival Guide has a whole issue dedicated to Y2K. Does not paint a pretty picture. Succinctly describes the geo-political, economic and domestic ramifications of Y2K.

Happy reading.

-- INVAR (gundark@aol.com), February 18, 1999


Also, The Encylopedia of Country Living is VERY useful.

-- j (just@passingthru.com), February 18, 1999.

Looks like Amazon has "Back to Basics.." in stock and available for $18.87.

-- Codejockey (codejockey@geek.com), February 18, 1999.

DAMN! I just hate finding out I paid too much!!!

Oh well, $34 or $19 bucks - it's worth every penny.

-- INVAR (gundark@aol.com), February 18, 1999.

Even Dieter can make a FOOLISH ASSUMPTION, is that notTRUE???? Knowing the persoNALITY OF INVAR, is it STRANGE THAT Dieter EXPECTED "MIEN KAMPF"????

-- Dieter (questions@toask.com), February 18, 1999.

Thanks INVAR for starting this topic up again. Perhaps we can also provide links to our favorites too?

I rather like ...

The Independent Home -- Living Well with Power from the Sun, Wind, and Water by Michael Potts.

Real Goods Solar Living Source Book by John Schaeffer & The Real Goods Staff.

Locate them at the Real Goods web-site, Catalog Products and click on Bookstore to find the links (lots of fascinating books there):

http://www.realgoods.com/ products/

In addition, a classic is:

Making the Best of Basics -- Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/ obidos/ASIN/1882723252/qid%3D919361339/002-0188310-7462478

Links to books mentioned so far:

Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills by Reader's Digest:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/ obidos/ASIN/0895779390/o/qid=919361583/sr=2-1/002-0188310-7462478

The Encyclopedia of Country Living : An Old Fashioned Recipe Book by Carla Emery:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/ obidos/ASIN/0912365951/n/qid=919361815/sr=2-1/002-0188310-7462478

Magazine mentioned:

American Survival Guide Magazine (has a whole issue dedicated to Y2K), but I cant find a web-site for the publication:

A magazine Ive found lots of great preparation articles in is, Backwoods Home Magazine:

http://www.backwoodshome.com/< /a>

To help with your Book Searching links ...

At Amazon.com books:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ats-query-page/002-0188310- 7462478

At Barnes & Noble books:

http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/ search.asp?userid=5QTT0XXR63&pcount=0

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), February 18, 1999.

Proves what an idiot imbecile you are Dieter.

You'll soon get your just desserts.

-- INVAR (gundark@aol.com), February 18, 1999.

INVAR, old friend.

Ignore Dieter, he's simply a waste of your time and energy.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), February 18, 1999.


Great Suggestions! As if my night table isn't stacked high enough already.

American Survival Guide does not have a web site. It is available at newstands or by subscription.

As far as a hotlink to the book I suggested...perhaps you might work your magic Diane and get that one listed here as well?

I hope the wealth of information available right now is taken advantage of by folks everywhere. It will do the nation good to recapture it's roots, and satisfy the soul to know we aren't so dependant on some government entity or utility for our survival.

-- INVAR (gundark@aol.com), February 18, 1999.

My personal favorites:

"The Sense Of Survival, by J. Allen South, ISBN 0-935329-00-0, copyright 1990 by Timpanogos Publishers, P.O. Box 776, Orem, UT 84057 (where else but Utah?) Nitro-Pak carries it for $15.95 as their #1 selling survival book. Fallout shelters, food storage, water, he covers it all. Best general survival book available, IMO.

Carla Emery's "Old-Fashioned Recipe Book - An Encyclopedia of Country Living" is tops for horticulture and plain old simple living. Not sure of the ISBN (mine is one of her old mimeographed copies), but Amazon does carry it, in softcover, for under $20.00 shipped.

Anyone interested in alternative energy should obtain the latest edition of "The Real Goods Alternative Energy Sourcebook" from Real Goods Trading in Ukiah, California. An almost 700-page softcover phone-book-size catalog/reference book on wind, solar and water power, with complete info on hooking up alternative energy systems of all types. Ninth edition is current.

Rodale Press, 33 East Minor St, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, has a ton of great, practical books. One I like a great deal is "The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening", copyright 1992, ISBN 0-87857-599-7 softcover. Indispensable if you're planning on eating in 2001 :)

-- Why2K? (who@knows.com), February 18, 1999.

Look again INVAR, I did give you that link! (I know, I need glasses too). -- Diane

Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills by Reader's Digest:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/ obidos/ASIN/0895779390/o/qid=919361583/sr=2-1/002-0188310-7462478

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), February 18, 1999.

P.S. to Invar,

I think that R.D. book sounds great - will see if I can get a copy, thanks for the tip. As far as American Survival Guide is concerned, though, I have to say that, in all the years I've been reading it, I have never seen them paint a pretty picture. Like many specialty-market magazines, it's basically a monthly catalog, if you know what I mean.

-- Why2K? (who@knows.com), February 18, 1999.

And again ... to help with your Book Searching links ...

At Amazon.com books:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ats-query-page/002-0188310- 7462478

At Barnes & Noble books (they help with out of print books too):

http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/ search.asp?userid=5QTT0XXR63&pcount=0

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), February 18, 1999.

For out-of-print books, try Advanced Book Exchange--Search.

-- Tom Carey (tomcarey@mindspring.com), February 18, 1999.

I put this stuff under another thread somehow.... anyway, here goes

Really good books on growing organically, and growing / harvesting year round even in the Northeast

The New Organic Grower Four Seasons Harvest

both by Elliot Coleman

My favorite homesteading magazine: Countryside and Small Stock Journal edited by JD Belanger. Has a web site, you'll have to search for it. The editor has gone all out to promote Y2K awareness: the last several issues and all remaining issues until 2000 have a preparation emphasis and an extra section discussing Y2K

Another favorite magazine, although as of the last issue the editor DGI, Small Farmer's Journal, edited by Lynn Miller. Farming magazine with an emphasis on using horse power. The editor's column is always thought provoking

-- new gal (somewhere@nowhere.com), February 18, 1999.

There are some great books out there to help us through the upcoming ordeal, but the best book to have on hand will be the Bible. It will come in handy to help with the emotional problems we will have. It will also be handy to have for the children.

-- Mike (Boxman9186@aol.com), February 18, 1999.

Thanks for the info, all! I've been wanting to get the ISBNs on several of the books mentioned. Now to find the $$ without robbing from stock...

-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), February 19, 1999.

Thanks, y'all! This thread is a keeper

-- Leska (allaha@earthlink.net), February 19, 1999.

I just found this site today. Thanks for all the information!

Another book that you might what to check out is "The Foxfire Book", it's the first of 11 books that cover everything from log cabin building to planting by the signs to moonshining.

-- c.p. (phishes71@hotmail.com), February 20, 1999.

I bought Readers Digest "back to Basics.." and have found it to be very informative. Another book I would recommend for bugging-out is the Yellow Pages. I don't know if it's called the yellow pages in the States, and maybe they have a different name for it from locale to locale. But you do know that of which I speak...it's the phone book with all the businesses in it. Excellent info if you need to get certain things, whatever they might be. I guess they give such books out free so they ain't hard to get, and you maybe would never need it, but I just imagine it coming in handy sometime. ( Doesn't matter if there is no telco's either.) Especially in something post-teotwawkian it would be your guide to where everythings been put, or at least, where it all used to be...

-- humptydumpty (no.6@thevillage.com), February 21, 1999.

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