In a previous post regarding How to Build a Survival Library, we shared a list of categories and sub-categories for the prepper to focus on when researching books to assemble for a survival library. Today we are going to flesh out a list of books by title and author that we feel would make an excellent addition to any survival library. If you have some of these books already, then that’s great, but if you haven’t picked up a single survival manual yet, this list should help point you in the right direction.
There are also quite a few survival books that are fiction based. While we suggest refraining from these as educational resources, they might be great additions to the library for entertainment purposes, which will definitely need to be addressed should a long-term SHTF situation occur. The list provided below does contain a few older titles, but the date of publishing is irrelevant; the material contained within them is still as valid and viable today as it was the day it was written. So, take a look and put together a short list of the titles you want to add to your survival library and get started. All material is linked, where possible, to provide you with a one stop shopping experience.
98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park
Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England.
The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals by Gail Damerow.
Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game by John Mettler.
Boy Scouts Handbook (The First Edition) 1911 by the BSA
Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit by Creek Stewart.
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury.
Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival by Mors Kochandaski.
Free Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom with photography by Kate Baldwin.
Cookin’ with Beans and Rice by Peggy Layton.
Cookin’ with Home Storage by Peggy Layton and Vicki Tate.
Cooking With Ancient Grains by Laura B. McBride.
Cooking with Sunshine: The Complete Guide to Solar Cuisine with 150 Easy Sun-Cooked Recipes by Lorraine Anderson and Rick Palkovic.
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales.
Doomsday Preppers Complete Survival Manual: Expert Tips for Surviving Calamity by Michael Sweeney.
Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms by Arthur T. Bradley
Edible Spots and Pots by Stacey Hirvela.
Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate by John Kallas.
Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist’s Medical Desk Reference by US Army & the Department of Defense.
Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack by Kevin D. Freeman.
Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing and Smoking (Meat, Fish & Game) by Wilbur F. Eastman.
Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual by Mykel Hawke.
Hawke’s Special Forces Survival Handbook by Mykel Hawke.
Hobby Farming For Dummies by Theresa A. Husarik.
How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It by James Wesley Rawles.
Latter Day Saints Preparedness Manual by Todd Assay and Christopher Parrett.
Landscaping With Fruit by Lee Reich
Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse by James Wesley Rawles.
Meals in a Jar. Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes by Julie Languille.
Mini Farming on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
One Second After by William R. Forstchen
Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles
Prepper Pete Prepares by Kermit Jones Jr. and Christy Brill.
Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son by Kermit Jones Jr. and Christy Brill.
Prepper’s Home Defense by Jim Cobb.
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike Bubel and Nancy Bubel.
Seal Survival Guide. A Navy Seals Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster by Cade Courtley.
SAS Survival Handbook; Third Edition. The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John “Lofty” Wiseman.
Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook by the U.S. Department of Defense
Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance by John Storey and Martha Storey.
The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook by American Red Cross
The Amish Canning Cookbook: Plain and Simple Living at Its Homemade Best by Georgia Varozza.
The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook: Keep your Loved Ones Healthy in Every Disaster, from Wildfires to a Complete Societal Collapse by Dr. Joseph Alton and Nurse Amy Alton.
The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers by Caleb Warnock.
The Home Survivalist’s Handbook by Christopher Eastin and Ryan Acker.
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster by Tess Pennington and Daisy Luther.
The Prepper’s Workbook: Checklists, Worksheets, and Home Projects to Protect Your Family from Any Disaster by Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazz.
The Secret Garden of Survival by Rick Austin
The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide by Creek Stewart.
The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World by Robert Richardson.
Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own by James Wesley Rawles
Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents: Disaster Survival for the Family by James G. Mushen and Rex Michaels
U.S. Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76 by the United States Department of Defense.
When all Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin.
When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival by Matthew Stein and James Wesley Rawles.
Without Rule of Law by Joe Nobody.
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America by Lee Allen Peterson
The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild by Dave Canterbury
Advanced Bushcraft: An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury
These are just a few of the titles we recommend adding to your survival library. We will continue to update this list as more books become available for us to read and review.