(December 19, 2009)
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of worthy books on the coming intersecting
crises and how we can prepare ourselves to survive (and perhaps even prosper).
I do not claim to have a comprehensive knowledge of all the competing titles, but
I can recommend a few that are on my shelf, and list some titles which oftwominds.com
readers (a very smart selection of The Remnant, as you know) have recommended.
For a firm grasp on the basic context of our era:
The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes
Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation
Yes, it is presumptuous to place my own book with those of my mentors, but as we all
know, we stand on the shoulders of giants...
Here are a few of the many worthy source books. As to which is "more important," it is a matter
of taste and perspective.
The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization
The Fourth Turning
The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The End of Work
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air
Globalization and Its Discontents
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Planet of Slums
Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future
The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future
Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire
by Matt Taibbi
Self-reliance and Sustainable Prosperity
Of the many worthy books on survivalist/self-reliance topics, this one is the
most comprehensive in my opinion:
When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency
by Matthew Stein.
This book covers not just emergency preparation but water issues (graywater, etc.), food
growing, foraging and storage, shelter, first aid, "when high-tech medicine
fails," clothing, energy, heat and power, metalworking and machinery, and much else. The
book includes many resources for further investigation, diagrams and even sections on
intuition and decisionmaking. It is a practical guide with what I
call an integrated understanding of the choices facing each household.
My goal in writing Survival+ was to lay out the framework for understanding why the
status quo is doomed to insolvency, and to lay out how the solution requires constructing
new resilient communities and networks which are independent of global corporate and State
plutocracies. There are few books which address this adequately, but there are many which
focus on household preparation/sustainability. To list but a few:
Just in Case
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City
I learned a lot about urban gardens from this book. Not a comprehensive guide to
all things gardening but practical for a short book.
Depression 2.0: Creative Strategies for Tough Economic Times
Disclosure: I contributed a chapter to this book.
Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front
Readers have recommended/purchased with "Survival+":
Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management
Food Security for the Faint of Heart
How to Build Animal Housing: 60 Plans for Coops, Hutches, Barns, Sheds, Pens, Nestboxes, Feeders, Stanchions, and Much More
The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse
written by an Argentine, based on what he learned enduring/surviving that nation's
catastrophic financial collapse. I have read his website/earlier work and found it
practical though harrowing. Good for those who want to prepare for TEOTWAWKI.
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It
This guide by respected blogger James Wesley Rawles is a best-seller among the many titles
on survivalism, for good reason.
Wilderness Evasion: A Guide To Hiding Out and Eluding Pursuit in Remote Areas
The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments
A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil
Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times
Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
Special fiction recommendation: Yes, I am a biased observer, as Chris Sullins'
gripping strategic action thriller was first serialized on this website:
Diet, Nutrition and Health
Food, Inc. (documentary film)
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever
Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Diet for a Small Planet
Our Stolen Future: How We Are Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival
Power and Prosperity: Outgrowing Communist and Capitalist Dictatorships
The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities
Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The Misbehavior of Markets
The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion:
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
I am confident there are hundreds of other equally worthy titles--this is merely a
starting point for your own explorations. Please go to my
complete list of recommended books and films for more ideas.
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