On the topic of books and having a library of survival related books:
Books never die
Books never get sick
Books are ageless
Books never get mad
Books never talk back
Books never pick a fight
Books never get hungry
Books never complain
Books never get tired
My grandfather passed away in May of 2007. One of the things I received was his book collection. Its more books then a lot of people hope to read in their lifetime. Most of the books are history books – American Civil War, Texas history and Native American History. I’am not at home right now, so I can not give an “exact” list.
One book from my grandfathers collection that I’am reading right now is “The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston”. The part I’am in is just after Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto, and stephen F Austin has died because of some illness.
The book before that was “Caesar: Life of a Colossus” by Adrian Goldsworthy. Through this book I learned that the lust for gold, money and power are timeless. Its amazing what people and governments will do for money. Whether its invading another country to steal its resources, to killing political opponents – the violence that mankind inflicts upon itself never ceases to amaze me.
The book before that was “Return of the Black Death: The World’s Greatest Serial Killer”
A video I put together about books and planning for an outbreak of infectious disease. While looking through my youtube video collection, I realized that I do not have any videos about books besides the plague. So I’am going to have to fix that problem.
A lot of people seem to focus on works of fiction. Personally I prefer non-fiction books, ones based on historical facts.
A couple of the books I received from the members of this community include “Back to Basics” and “Square foot gardening” and “Survival Handbook, Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure”.
My medical books include 3 desktop physicians reference books. These are the big ones that are like 3 inches thick.
My gardening books include a couple of farmers almanacs, square foot gardening, and Back to Basics. The Back to Basics book is on my desk, but I can not think of the author right now.
Books on the plague include 4 books.
The history books (thanks to my grandfather) include all kinds of books.
Wilderness survival manuals include US Army FM21-76 and the SAS survival Manual. The FM21-76 is around 25 years old and been brought with me on countless hiking and camping trips.
One book that I really enjoyed was “Undaunted Courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West” by Stephen Ambrose. It was probably one of the best books that I have ever read. For anyone interested in American history, native American history or even Thomas Jefferson, this is a must read.
One issue that Undaunted Courage touched on that I found of great interest, is how diseases affected the native American Indians. During the journey, the party of Lewis and Clark found Indian camps where only a few people alive – everyone else had been killed by diseases like small pox. Some of the Indians started following the party – when a deer was killed the Indians would rip it apart with their bare hands and eat it raw. This was because the Indians were starving.
I just could not imagine being so hungry that I would eat raw intestines from an animal. Some of the Indians were so hungry that they would tear out the deers intestines, eat them raw, and as they were eating the intestines, be squeezing the feces out the other end.
If you have the time, “Alaska: A Novel” by James A. Michener is a good read. This one can get a little long and drawn out. Expect to spend a couple of months reading this book – its around 1,100 pages.
The books about the Black Death brought sorrow to my heart. The stories of families dieing, and how people treated each other during those times. Whether it was rounding up the Jews and burning them because the people thought the Jews caused the plague, to cannibalism – parents killed their children, children killed their parents, graves were dug up,,,,, all in the quest for food.
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