Useful Resources - Books

I was asked, several times in fact, as to what types of books and materials I use while conducting research for my own books. Well, aside from what I’ve learned in forty plus years, and what I’ve gleaned from websites, blogs, forums, etc., I’ve also used some of the resources noted below. The resources listed below also are the foundation for my personal library. 

I’ve broken these all down into non-fiction, autobiography/biography, fiction series, fiction, and apps. Since, believe it or not, everything posted on the internet isn’t always true, I tend to not trust a potential source unless I can find another source, or two or three, that states a similar set of information, thus confirming the material I am looking to use... it’s called validating your information and is integral to being a good author. Oooorrrrr they could all by lying... you never know. This is why there are multiple books on the same topic. Don't get me started on the number of articles I've saved off as PDF files, printed, and placed in 3-ring binders!

For those of you thinking that you'll get around to a library at some point, sometime, some day, you probably don't want to wait too long. You never know if and when something is going to happen. Regardless, you should always be expanding your library!

Also, in my opinion, anything you purchase electronically (Kindle, Nook, reader, iBooks, etc.) should, at a minimum, be reviewed electronically, and, if it passes the smell test, should also be procured in paperback.  If the resource is a valuable enough and could potentially be lent out to family, friends, and neighbors, you should procure multiple copies so you always have one on hand. There, I said it. Phew!

Cost savings can be had on Amazon and other sites by purchasing used copies. There are also used book stores where you might find a copy of what you're looking for. It is illegal to borrow books from the library and make photocopies of the text! Do not do this!  

Oh, and lest I forget, not everything in here deals with preparedness. SURPRISE! Some of these titles are just pleasure reading. I personally recommend an assortment of numerous genres and varieties. This will help to break up the monotony post-Schumer hitting the fan.

So without any further ado, here’s what’s in my non-fiction, autobiography/biography, fiction series, fiction, and app library.

Non-Fiction

  • 21 Native Wild Edible Plants by Mors Kochanski

  • A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine by Eric A. Weiss, M.D.

  • A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern/Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Steven Foster and James A. Duke

  • A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game by Wilbur F. Eastman

  • A Nation Forsaken by F. Michael Maloof

  • Ball Blue Book: Guide to Preserving by Judy Harrold, Editor

  • Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game by John J. Mettler

  • Be Expert with Map & Compass - The Complete Orienteering Handbook by Bjorn Kjellstrom

  • Beginner's Guide to Reloading Ammunition by Steven Gregersen

  • Better Homes and Gardens: Masonry and Concrete by Ken Sedey, Editor

  • Build Your Own Underground Root Cellar by Phyllis Hobson

  • Complete Basements by Stanley

  • Cooking from the Farmer's Market by Williams Sonoma

  • Dressing and Cooking Wild Game by Teresa Marrone

  • Edible Wild Plants by Kallas

  • Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist’s Medical Desk Reference by Department of the Army

  • Fight Back with Food by Reader's Digest

  • Fire Skills - 50 Methods for Starting Fires Without Matches by David Aman

  • Food Storage for Self Sufficiency and Survival by Angela Paskett

  • FM 21 - 76 Survival 1970 by The Department of the Army

  • Harvesting H2O by Nicholas Hyde

  • Harvesting Wild Meat by Stephen Coote

  • Healing Herbal Wines, Vinegars & Syrup's - Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-228 by Joyce A. Wardwell

  • Herbs: A Country Garden Cookbook by Rosalind Creasy and Carole Saville

  • Hobby Farm Home Presents Canning and Preserving, Volume 1 Second Edition 2013 by Annika Small, Senior Associate Editor

  • Home Building and Woodworking in Colonial America by C. Keith Wilbur

  • Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest, and Cook, Wheat, Barley, Rice, Corn and More by Sara Pitzer

  • Household Cyclopedia by Henry Hartshorne, M.D. (originally published in 1881, updated in 2012 by Matthew Spong)

  • How to Survive Anything, Anywhere - A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenario and Environment by Chris McNab

  • How to Survive the End of The World as We Know it, by James Wesley Rawles

  • Hydroponic Food Production by Howard M. Resh, Ph.D.

  • Knots - An Illustrated Practical Guide to the Essential Knot Types and Their Uses by Andrew Adamides

  • Learn to Timber Frame by Will Beemer

  • Lyman Reloading Handbook, 49th Edition by Lyman Gun Sight Corporation

  • Masonry and Concrete, Step by Step by Better Homes and Gardens

  • Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Eastern Central Region) by Peterson Field Guides

  • Mini Farming: Self Sufficiency on a 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

  • Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

  • Prepper's Pocket Guide - 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster by Bernie Carr and Evan Wondolowski

  • Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by the Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante

  • Primitive Skills and Crafts by Richard & Linda Jamison

  • Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening With Hugelkultur by James Paris

  • Reloading for Shotgunners by Rick Sapp

  • Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics by David Kobler and Mark Goodwin

  • SAS Survival Handbook - For Any Climate in Any Situation by James "Lofty" Wiseman

  • Saving Vegetable Seeds by Fern Marshall Bradley

  • Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: A Guide to Building Shelters by Daniel Carter Beard

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-76: Build Your Own Underground Root Cellar by Phyllis Hobson

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-81: Build a Smokehouse by Ed Epstein

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-104: Starting Seeds Indoors by Ann Reilly

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-168: Natural & Herbal Family Recipes by Cynthia Black

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-192: Making Hand Dipped Candles by Betty Oppenheimer

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-197: Food Drying Techniques by Carol W. Costenbader

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-199: Making Natural Milk Soap by Casey Makela

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-228: Healing Herbal Wines, Vinegars & Syrups by Joyce A. Wardwell

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-256: Making Herbal Hand Creams and Salves by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg

  • Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-283: Making Cheese, Butter & Yogurt by Ricki Carroll

  • Survival by Department of the Army Headquarters

  • Survival Guide: Weapons and Tools by Rick Canton

  • The Beginners Guide to Reloading Ammunition: With Space and Money Saving Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Those on a Budget by Steven Gregersen

  • The Backyard Homestead by Storey Publishing, Edited by Carleen Madigan

  • The Bio-Integrated Farm by Shawn Jadrnicek (with Stephanie Jadrnicek)

  • The Book of Outdoor Knots by Peter Owen

  • The Complete Reloading Manual for the 12 Gauge Shotgun by Loadbooks USA, Inc.

  • The Cure for all Diseases by Hulda Regehr Clark, Ph.d, M.D.

  • The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

  • The Forager's Harvest - A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History by John M. Barry

  • The Grow Your Own Food Handbook by Monte Burch

  • The Lean To and Its Variants Used in Survival and Bush Bough Beds by Mors Kochanski

  • The Prepper's Pocket Guide by Bernie Carr

  • The Solar Food Dryer by Eben Fodor

  • The Total Outdoorsman Manual by Field and Stream

  • The Ultimate Guide to Self Reliant Living by Jay Cassell

  • The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley

  • Thyme for Fresh by Deborah Messner

  • U.S. Army Explosives and Demolitions Handbook by Department of the Army

  • U.S. Army Guerilla Warfare Handbooko by Department of the Army

  • U.S. Army Guide to Boobytraps by Department of the Army

  • U.S. Army/Marines Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual by Department of the Army

  • Water Purification by Will Jameson

  • Weapons: Homemade Survival Weapons and Tools by Rick Canton

  • Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You Survive by Joe Nobody

  • Woodcraft by E. H. Kreps

Autobiography/Biography

  • Droughts and Dreams: Stories of Self Reliance by Glenn Beck and Matt Redhawk

  • Echo in Ramadi by Scott A. Huesing

  • Franklin and Winston by Jon Meachum

  • Full Battle Rattle by Changiz Lahidji (and Ralph Pezzullo)

  • Reminiscences by Douglas McArthur

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Fiction - Series

  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic (Series Book 1) by Matthew Bracken

  • Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista (Series Book 2) by Matthew Bracken

  • Foreign Enemies and Traitors (Series Book 3) by Matthew Bracken

  • When Rome Stumbles (Foreign and Domestic, series Book 1) by David J Kershner

  • Hannibal is at The Gates (Foreign and Domestic, series Book 2) by David J Kershner

  • By the Dawns Early Light (Foreign and Domestic, series Book 3) by David J Kershner

  • Rebel (The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, series Book 1) by Bernard Cornwell

  • Copperhead (The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, series Book 2) by Bernard Cornwell

  • Battle Flag (The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, series Book 3) by Bernard Cornwell

  • Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles

  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles

  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles

  • State of Panic (Camp Zero, series Book 1) by Jack Hunt

  • State of Shock (Camp Zero, series Book 2) by Jack Hunt

  • State of Decay (Camp Zero, series Book 3) by Jack Hunt

  • E.M.P The End of the Grid As we Know It (All at Once, series Book 1) by Cal Wilson

  • Broken Ties (Broken, series Book 1) by James Hunt

  • Broken Lines (Broken, series Book 2) by James Hunt

  • Broken Road (Broken, series Book 3) by James Hunt

  • Dark Grid (Dark Grid, series Book 1) by David C. Waldron

  • Dark Road (Dark Grid, series Book 2) by David C. Waldron

  • Dark Coup (Dark Grid, series Book 3) by David C. Waldron

Fiction

  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

  • Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes

  • Broken by James Hunt

  • Collision Course by David Crawford

  • Day of Wrath by William R. Forschten

  • Dies Irae: Day of Wrath by William R. Forstchen

  • First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by D.A. & M.P. Wearmouth

  • Holding Their Own by Joe Nobody

  • Last Stand by William H. Weber

  • Lights Out by David Crawford

  • Lucifer’s Hammer by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven

  • New York by Edward Rutherford

  • One Second After by William R. Forschten

  • Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter (became the movie and tv series ‘Shooter’)

  • Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner by William Faulkner

  • Son of a Prepper by I.B. Preppin

  • South of Broad by Pat Conroy

  • The Beginning of the End by Michael T. Snyder

  • The Postman by David Brin

  • The Pulse: A Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid by Scott B. Williams

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle

  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Smart Phone Apps

  • Ultimate SAS Survival Guide Lite

  • Compass (Standard)

  • Compass (Lat/Long)

  • Wiki Survival Kit

  • What Knot

  • Flashlight

  • Winter Survival Kit

  • Doomsday (contains 2 dozen non-fiction resources)

  • Survivalpedia (contains 8 non-fiction resources)