What’s on my bookshelf right now…..

I continue to add to my preparedness library. Some just good reading, some skill and knowledge-related.  Regardless Рthere are a lot of good books out there.

Let me tell you what sits on my bookshelf right now – and often on my nightstand:


The Home School Shootist

The Urban Homestead

A Failure of Civility

Modern Survival

Surviving the Coming Collapse

Holding Your Ground

One Second After

SAS Survival Manual



Urban Survival Guide

Without Rule of Law


Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

The Total Outdoorsman Manual

Rivers: A Novel

Any books that you have picked up you would recommend?


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8 thoughts on “What’s on my bookshelf right now…..”

  1. I’m not familiar with all of them, but some good choices in there … Cody Lundin’s “98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive,” is a good one, too.

    Also, check out the Collins Gem version of the SAS Handbook (although it stays in my rucksack, not on my bookshelf)!

  2. Hi Rourke , if you just like to read ,like me , how about a book that’s interesting and has survival tactic’s thrown in to boot ! ‘The Journals of Lewis & Clark’ by John Bakeless . About how they traveled across America and what they did to survive. My book sez copyright 1964 so I don’t know if it’s still available !! But it’s GOOD !!

  3. Hi, couple of books at the bedside/bookshelf I recently picked up. “Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook”, you could run a small hospital with the information provided within, a medical tome used by SOF, introduction,” single source reference provided many nontraditional approaches to accessing medical information….”. purchased via us gov’t printing office $59, buy it anywhere else will be $150. highly recommended (worked in medical field 3+ decades). to go along with that, “Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases”-the ‘how to’ of using all those antibiotics you have collected. “Antifragile” by Nassim Taleb of “Black Swan” fame, just started that, ‘blueprint for living in a black swan world’. “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Katz, about process of fermenting foods to preserve them and make them more digestible and nutritious. already made kombucha and kimchi. And finally, “The Far Side, Gallery 5”, Gary Larson of course, when all this stuff were are preparing for gets me down, provides belly laughs galore til i am in tears, great for the soul, the heart, and the psyche. As an aside, found a copy of “world war z” in the airport, fast read, main thought that came through that WAS real, governments will sacrifice many in order that THEY survive. Thats it, thanks for listening.

    Rourke, great site, thanks.

  4. I have not yet read ‘One Second After’, but it is on my list.
    A friend of mine just purchased the ‘Total Outdoorsman Manual’; it looked pretty good.
    ‘Patriots’ is in the pile on the side of my bed. Lately, I have been reading a mystery series by Robert Crais, to try to balance out the prepper/non-prepper part of my brain.
    I just went and put “The Home School Shootist’ on my Amazon wish list.

  5. Resent recourse books I’ve book-cased:

    When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and Emergency Healthcare in Challenging Times… by Gerard S. Doyle

    The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds: What to Do When There Is No Doctor…. by James Hubbard and Leigh Ann Otte

    Country Wisdom & Know-How

    Survival Wisdom & Know How

    Resent books I’ve enjoyed:

    Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple…. If I were king, this would be mandatory reading in our schools!

    No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington by Condoleezza Rice

    American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

    Decision Points by George W. Bush

    As far as recently read fiction goes:

    The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan…. excellent!

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane: by Neil Gaiman…. stunningly well done!

    A Simple Plan by Scott Smith…. most engrossing book I’ve ever read… couldn’t put it down…..

    Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child…. worth the time invested…

    The Third Gate by Lincoln Child… worth the time invested…

    The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin…. this is an apocalyptic type book with a part 2- The Twelve. A very long book and hard to get into until well into it.

    Going Home…. 80% thru it. It’s a great idea for a story, but not very well executed. The second half seems better written than the 1st. I am enjoying it…

  6. Have about half your list shown and all the Joe Nobody books – both Fic and Non-Fic. That Home School Shootist is better than I expected. Picked up Doc Bones book The Survival Medicine Handbook last month. Very good but $$. Just started reading “Pulling Through” by Dean Ing last night.. Good so far.. Don’t care for JWRs books, though I love his website. For those who haven’t read One Second After or Lights Out, are really missing a treat. Excellent Reads.. Gob Bless all –

  7. We share the same taste in reading, that’s for sure. I have many of the books pictured. I really enjoy the Total Outdoorsman, The Ultimate Survival Manual and Total Gun Manuals from Outdoor Life/Field & Stream. We have quite a library. My wife buys the Kindle downloads and I get the printed versions. If I had to chose only one to take off with, it would probably be the SAS Survival Handbook.


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