A Library of Survival and Preparedness Books

A (growing) list of popular books within the genre of survival and preparedness.

Consider acquiring some of these books for your own preparedness bookshelf & library…
for ‘just in case…’

(I will be adding to this list as time goes on, so check back every once in awhile)


General Preparedness & Survival

The Encyclopedia of Country Living
SAS Survival Handbook
The Complete Foxfire Series
LDS Preparedness Manual
When All Hell Breaks Loose
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
The Preppers’s Blueprint
How to Stay Alive in the Woods
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It
When Technology Fails
US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
Nuclear War Survival Skills
Basic Soap Making
Boy Scout Handbook
Dare to Prepare
Storey’s Basic Country Skills
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
Survival Theory: A Preparedness Guide



Garden Way’s Joy of Gardening
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible
Square Foot Gardening
Seed to Seed
Mini Farming
Backyard Farming on an Acre
Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting


Preserving Food

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Root Cellaring
The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook
A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game
The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing



Betty Crocker Cookbook
The Prepper’s Cookbook
Joy of Cooking
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Classic Sourdoughs


First Aid

The Doomsday Book of Medicine
The Survival Medicine Handbook
Where There Is No Doctor
Where There Is No Dentist
Wilderness Medicine: Beyond First Aid
Davis Drug Guide for Nurses
Taber’s Medical Dictionary



Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens
Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits
Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs
Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry



Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide
Herbal Recipes
The Herb Book



A Field Guide To Edible Wild Plants
A Field Guild to Medicinal Plants And Herbs
The Forager’s Harvest
Foraging the Rocky Mountains
Northeast Foraging
Pacific Northwest Foraging
Southeast Foraging


Survival Fiction Books

Listed in the order of popularity based on a MSB reader poll:

One Second After
One Year After
The Final Day

Patriots: Survival In The Coming Collapse
Lights Out by David Crawford
Lights Out by Ted Koppel (non-fiction, but relevant)

The Survivalist Series by A American
(1) Going Home
(2) Surviving Home
(3) Escaping Home
(4) Forsaking Home
(5) Resurrecting Home
(6) Enforcing Home
(7) Avenging Home
(8) Home Invasion
(9) Conflicted Home

Lucifer’s Hammer
Alas, Babylon

299 Days Series by Glen Tate
(1) The Preparation
(2) The Collapse
(3) The Community
(4) The Stronghold
(5) The Visitors
(6) The 17th Irregulars
(7) The Change of Seasons
(8) The War
(9) The Restoration
(10) The 43 Colonels

Earth Abides

Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged (Book Discussion)

Grid Down, Reality Bites
Liberty’s Last Stand

New additions since the poll:


Best Survival Movies

For your interest, the following post is a list of ‘best’ survival movies (and TV-series) based on a reader-poll that we conducted awhile back:
Favorite Survival Movies & TV Series

I will be adding, updating, and refining the Survival Bookshelf so check back later.