13 online now 1007 unique visits today6612 yesterday 39,600,000+ since 2010This post: 1 today 34 past week Top 20 Survival Preparedness Books Ken Jorgustin 13 Comments The following list of survival & preparedness books are the top twenty purchased through MSB book links during 2012. (UPDATE) Even years later, they are still great choices. More: Important Survival Preparedness Books To Have On Your Bookshelf More: 10 Survival Novels 1. Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition 2. Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game 3. SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition 4. U.S. Air Force Survival Handbook 5. Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness 6. Where There Is No Dentist 7. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills 8. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook 9. Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables 10. Where There Is No Doctor 11. All New Square Foot Gardening 12. How To Survive the End of the World As We Know It 13. One Second After 14. Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook 15. Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook 16. Trapper’s Bible: Traps, Snares & Pathguards 17. Mini Farming: Self Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre 18. Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing and Smoking Meat, Fish & Game 19. Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things 20. Field Guide to Medicinal Plants Related Posts That You Might Like: About The Author Ken Jorgustin Ken Jorgustin, author of Modern Survival Blog, writing a unique mixture of lifestyle prepping & preparedness topics since early 2010. 13 Comments GrnMtnBoy 05/16/2012 I would add Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny, especially given the implicit dangers of the unstable spent fuel storage tank at the reactor in Fukushima. Reply justajoe 05/16/2012 Got a few in hardcopy, a few more in pdfs. Been meaning to get the Doom & Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook, so ordered it from amazon using your link, plus a couple other items. You won’t be able to retire off the commission or anything, but you’re a daily read – so thank you. I’d add Making the Best of Basics, James Talmage Stevens. My copy is about 13 years old now. Maybe Edible Wild Plants from the Peterson Field Guide series too. Reply Ken 05/16/2012 Thanks ‘justajoe’, every penny helps towards keeping the lights on, and I hope that the suggestions do help some folks here and there. I don’t have Making the Best of Basics yet, but with your suggestion I may look into it. Edible Wild Plants is a good one too, as you mentioned. Reply Joe Nobody 05/16/2012 I didn’t even make the cut for the top 20? I was having a pretty good day until I read this list…LOL It is a good list though. Obviously, I am partial to a few other titles that aren’t included – but you can’t go wrong with any of the above. Reply Ken 05/16/2012 The list simply reflects what the readers have been purchasing lately by way of our Amazon outlets – and shouldn’t (doesn’t) reflect on the merits of any other good books out there (of which there are many). The Joe Nobody books have high marks on reader reviews at Amazon. I’ve recently purchased and am reading Holding Your Ground. Reply Joe Nobody 05/16/2012 Ken – I hope you enjoy the book. I realize my work isn’t for everyone, but couldn’t help but post a wisecrack. I do enjoy the blog here and have learned much from it. My best to you and yours sir. Joe Reply Halfkin 05/17/2012 I know you were joking, but if it makes you feel any better, I bought your book! Reply Mortimer 05/17/2012 @Joe Nobody. I found two of your books (Holding your Ground & Standing Their Ground) worthwhile for different reasons. Thanks for writing them! Be well. Reply angrycitizen 05/19/2012 I have all 4 of your previous books, and good thing I came across your post here: it reminded me to check again, and I’ve just ordered part 2 of “Holding their own”. Thank you very much for your books. I really hope to see more tactical preparedness books from you. There are so many books on survival related to wilderness, food, medicine, etc., but your are the only books that I know which teach how to survive the inevitable violence. Apparently, the list of books in this article is good, and I have most of them, but I would not hesitate to add 2 or 3 of your books to the Top-20 list. By the way, Urban Survival by David Morris would definitely make the list, too. I just don’t understand how canning food can possibly more important than self-defense. Obviously, some people (if those are really the best-selling books on Amazon) believe that they will be able to eat lots of good food, and their towns or cities around them will just die out of starvation… Yeah, right. My priorities are: 1. Self-defense. I have a family and 2 kids. We have bullet-proof vests and gas masks. My loved ones must live, even if it’s hell outside the house. They will live. Period. 2. Water and food. 3. Emergency medicine and training. We don’t have gold or silver. If we were millionaires, we’d probably worry about “investments”, but – not an issue. I’d rather buy another bag of rice from Costco or a pack of ammo than an ounce of metal that I can neither eat not shoot. I digress… Thank you very much for your books, Sir! They are in MY list. Reply Joe Nobody 05/20/2012 Thank you all for the kind words. I own 4 of the books in the above list myself. It’s a good list. Prepper/Self-reliance books are like pizza, rifles and music – you ask any 10 people to list the top 20 and you will get at least 11 answers. A tip-of-the-hat to Ken for having the guts to post the list. Now, if he really was a brave man he would post a list of the 20 best firearms for preppers…talk about starting a riot…LOL Reply iamdlogan 09/20/2012 As we read your list, we wondered why so many of these books were HOW TO. We wondered why so many of us place so much faith in our abilities to use our hands to make our world what we see it as. We have all of your books in the list…we have studied ALL of the books in the list during the past 18 years…we have used much of the knowledge that is contained therein, but after we read DEEP SURVIVAL by Laurence Gonzales we realized we had wasted alot of valuable time. After reading that book and pondering its justifications We realized that it is not what we have or even the knowledge we possess, but the steadfast resolve to survive that is the key to life…IF you do nothing in the remaining time that we have, I strongly suggest that your next book is the one that will forever change the way you look at survival…and will forever change your perspective of life and surviving the days that lie ahead. Reply iamdlogan 09/20/2012 Oh! Just one more thought for Joe NOBODY! The answer to your question about weapons is…the best weapon is the one you have with you, and the second one, is the one you can hit what you aim at with. Reply Stargazer 031000 04/08/2014 My favorite book about medicine and First Aid is: “Living Ready Pocket Manual First Aid” Fundamentals for Survival by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. He is on Face Book as The Survival Doctor. His book goes into advanced First Aid when there is no help coming or medical assistance available. His book is very comprehensive. It just recently came out, so it hasn’t had time to catch up although the sales from Amazon are impressive so far. I also, like “Survial Mom” by Lisa Bedford. Another good one is, “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag” by Creek Stewart. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.