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The encyclopedia of survival techniques
Stilwell, Alexander.
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Publication Information:
London : Lyons Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV200.5 .S74 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV200.5 .S74 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A comprehensive guidebook to outdoor survival , in any terrain, in any climate, in any part of the world.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

For someone planning an adventure in a remote area away from the conveniences and comforts to which one is accustomed, this could prove to be a mighty handy volume. Stilwell, who has written several books on the outdoors and gained his training in the British Army, covers subjects from preparation and equipment to information particular to foreign countries (shots required, local conditions, etc.). Chapters address such material as "Survival in the Desert" and "Rafts and River Crossings," concluding with "Ropes and Knots." The book includes many statistical tables as well as illustrations of everything from life rafts to eating utensils. It is written clearly and understandably. Recommended for public and school libraries, especially those with readers involved in outdoor adventuring.DRobert E Greenfield, formerly with Baltimore Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-This book provides practical, serious advice. Stilwell begins with an initial chapter on preparation and equipment for any "survival" situation. The next section describes survival in differing physical terrains: desert, sea, tropics, polar regions, and mountains. Each chapter describes how to make a shelter, find food and water, start a fire, and identify and cope with dangerous indigenous animals. Clear line drawings and maps accompany many items. The information is clear and concise. The next section is devoted to surviving natural disasters from earthquakes and hurricanes to volcanoes, floods, and fires. Here, guidance is provided on how to prepare for a disaster, and actions to take indoors and out. The rest of the book contains more detailed information on first aid, finding food, making a fire, navigating, signaling, and tying knots. Again, each chapter is subdivided into succinct sections accompanied by clear charts and diagrams. Campers, scouts, hikers, or anyone interested in outdoor-survival techniques will find easy to use information here.-Jane S. Drabkin, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
1 Preparation and Equipmentp. 8
2 Survival in the Desertp. 16
3 Survival at Seap. 30
4 Survival in the Tropicsp. 46
5 Survival in Polar Regionsp. 62
6 Survival in Mountainsp. 78
7 Surviving Natural Disastersp. 94
8 First Aidp. 110
9 Firemaking, Tools and Weaponsp. 128
10 Trapping, Fishing and Plant Foodp. 136
11 Navigation and Signallingp. 154
12 Rafts and River Crossingsp. 168
13 Ropes and Knotsp. 172
14 Appendix Foreign Travelp. 182
Indexp. 190