Library of Survival & Preparedness Books

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

Having “hard copies” (books) is good preparedness for ‘just in case…’

The following list of books are purposely hand picked based on my own experience coupled with popularity from various reader Polls here on MSB.

Take a few moments to browse through the list.
You won’t regret it. Time well spent for your preparedness:


General Preparedness & Survival

The Encyclopedia of Country Living
SAS Survival Handbook
LDS Preparedness Manual
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide
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, 2nd Edition
All New Square Foot Gardening II
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
Backyard Farming on an Acre
Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening


Preserving Food

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables
The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook
A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game
Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing



Betty Crocker Cookbook: 1500 Recipes for the Way You Cook Today
The Prepper’s Cookbook
Joy of Cooking
The New 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, 6th: Beyond First Aid
Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary



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



Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide
Herbal Recipes
The Herb Book: The Most Complete Catalog of Herbs Ever Published



Edible Wild Plants: Eastern/Central North America
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herb
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
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:
You must read this one, if no other:
One Second After (A John Matherson Novel)
One Year After: A John Matherson Novel
The Final Day: A John Matherson Novel
Patriots: Survival in the Coming Collapse
Lights Out by David Crawford
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

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.