Friday, August 26, 2011

Review of Rawles How to Survive the end of the world as we know it.

     Rawles provides you with information from the beginner to intermediate level of survivalism. He has a degree in Journalism, and minor degrees in military science, and military history, and was a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, the which of he did not elaborate on. He did not say which school he attended, but his book is written in a literate fashion. His study of geopoitical situations allowed him to appreciate how fragile societies can be. He saw that society can break down dramatically and overnight, and that many refugees are the end result, who often become casualties.
     The usual warnings of taking yourself off the grid and storing up food and practical supplies along with weapons is advised. He runs a blog called, which has lots of useful advice and comments from differing and interesting people, but is steeped in commercialism. I was a little put off by this, but it may be hard to find many of the items listed or linked there, and unfortunately he is not beyond reproach for capitalizing on the fear of others. The products are no more expensive than most other places, and some were better than the usual outrageous prices most people are reaping through the marketing of fear.
     I believe you should worry about the future, but caveat emptor, I liked the book, and feel there is much to gain from reading it.  Just about every scenario is covered, with good suggestions on where to go, how to get there, what supplies, how to deal with most problems that might arise if there is a major catastrophe, or if society completely breaks down. There are definite choices to make if you are going to live in a city, or the country. This is a definite read, and easily found.

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