Useful Resources - Books

I was asked one time 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, and forums, I’ve also used the following resources.

I’ve broken these all down into Non-Fiction, 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 being a good author.

So without any further ado, here’s what’s in my fiction and non-fiction library (hint: you should always be expanding your library!):

Non-Fiction

  • 21 Native Wild Edible Plants by Mors Kochanski
  • 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
  • Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game by John J. Mettler
  • Be Expert with Map & Compass - The Complete Orienteering Handbook by Bjorn Kjellstrom
  • Build a Smokehouse - Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-81 by Ed Epstein
  • Build Your Own Underground Root Cellar by Phyllis Hobson
  • Droughts and   Dreams: Stories of Self Reliance by Glenn Beck and Matt Redhawk
  • Edible Wild Plants by Kallas
  • Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist’s Medical Desk Reference by Department of the Army
  • Fire Skills - 50 Methods for Starting Fires Without Matches by David Aman
  • Food Drying Techniques - Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-197 by Carol W. Costenbader
  • 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
  • Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest, and Cook, Wheat, Barley, Rice, Corn and More by Sara   Pitzer
  • How to Survive Anything, Anywhere - A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenario and Environment by Chris McNab
  • Knots - An Illustrated Practical Guide to the Essential Knot Types and Their Uses by Andrew Adamides
  • Lyman Reloading Handbook, 49th Edition by Lyman Gun Sight Corporation
  • Making Cheese, Butter & Yogurt - Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-283 by Ricki Carroll
  • Mini Farming: Self Sufficieny on a 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
  • Natural & Herbal Family Recipes - Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-168 by Cynthia Black
  • 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 Jamison
  • Reloading for Shotgunners by Rick Sapp
  • SAS Survival Handbook - For Any Climate in Any Situation by James "Lofty" Wiseman
  • Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: A Guide to Building Shelters by Daniel Carter Beard
  • Starting Seeds Indoors - Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin #A-104 by Ann Reilly
  • 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 Book of Outdoor Knots by Peter Owen
  • The Forager's   Harvest - A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild   Plants by Samuel Thayer
  • The Lean To and Its Variants by Mors Kochanski
  • 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
  • Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You Survive by Joe Nobody
  • Woodcraft by E. H. Kreps

Fiction

  • Alas, Babylon by   Pat Frank
  • Broken (series) by   James Hunt
  • Collision Course by   David Crawford
  • Dark Grid (series)   by David C. Waldron
  • Day of Wrath by   William R. Forschten
  • First Activation: A   Post Apocalyptic Thriller by D.A. & M.P. Wearmouth
  • Founders: A Novel   of the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles
  • Holding Their Own   (series) by Joe Nobody
  • Last Stand by   William H. Weber
  • Lights Out by David   Crawford
  • Lucifer’s Hammer by   Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven
  • One Second After by   William R. Forschten
  • Patriots: Surviving   the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles
  • Son of a Prepper by   I.B. Preppin
  • 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

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)