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What disappointed you about Tools for Survival?
I've purchased several Rawles books and consider the "How to Survive the End of the World" an essential purchase for anyone - I even bought copies and sent them to loved ones. I assumed this book would be of the same high quality - but found it to be horrible! If I have to listen to another Rawles treatise on 308 battle rifles I think I’ll vomit. Seriously, firearms can be considered “tools” but I really felt that all of the other chapters were too shallow due to the space consumed by the deep dive into weapons – which itself is a topic that should be reserved to a separate title. In short, I found most chapters way too shallow and the liberal cutting and pasting from the Survival Blog was infuriating. It took place in the first book as well - but it seems much more obnoxious in this one. It is one thing to pay for a book that was composed by an author, another to pay for a collection of free submissions to the author that can be downloaded from the author - for free on the internet. This book was a waste of time and money. I feel like I was taken advantage of - and I'm someone who literally checks the blog every single day.
Has Tools for Survival turned you off from other books in this genre?
Yes - reading the reviews for some of the books in the Patriots series has clued me in on the liberal "recycling" of story and even text from previous books. I'm stopping at Survivors.
Any additional comments?
Rawles blog has done huge things for Prepper community and pretty much all forward thinking people. How To Survive the End of the World is an essential book for EVERYONE’S book shelf. The Rawles' Novels seem to be hit and miss (I recommend the first two of the Patriot series - if you can stomach the narration), but this book was junk. Reading reviews of other Rawles books - I WILL NOT ever blindly purchase one of his titles again. Wait for the reviews - the book may very well be reconstituted stuff obtainable elsewhere for free, or copied and pasted content lifted from previous offerings.
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In very similar format to "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know it." This book feels like James is taking a fellow (very serious) prepper on a tour of his place... tangentially sharing what tools and processes work well for him. You are going to find a lot of product names, SKU numbers, web sites and lists. Someone seriously interested in preparing a retreat will find ideas about welding, leatherwork, sewing machines, screwdrivers, canning tools, logging, fencing, woodworking, gardening, car repair... and of course guns. The book is a general overview of ideas... that dives into some specifics... but not enough for you to learn a skill. He does suggest multiple books that would help someone learn more.
There were a few new to me ideas that applied to my "being prepared" needs but most were far and beyond my scope interests and finances. As with his last book, it almost feels like having it in hard copy would be more productive as a reference tool. Audio was fine.
For fun I have to note... I just finished reading about Grandma Gatewood and her 3 Appalachian Trail (2,200 mile) hikes taken when she was 67 and older in the 1950's... carrying a shower curtain, wool blanket, vienna sausages and homemade stuff sack. I just couldn't get the contrast out of my mind. The world has sure changed since then... and we seem to need a lot more tools.
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