The Prepper’s Top Twenty
Having books about every conceivable preparedness topic would be ideal if you had the room to store them. What if you were limited to 20 books that dealt with life after a catastrophic collapse of some sort? That’s what we’ll attempt to answer here.
We can’t learn and remember everything that may be needed – partly because we just don’t know what information will be needed. Books are the answer. Not something on a computer hard drive, but real paper and ink books.
These are the Top Twenty (+/-) choices that members of Volusia County Prepping have found and recommend. Most are generic, but some are geared specifically for this area.
Where can you find these? Amazon is the source that most people think of. Another great source is ABE Books. ABE Books is where you’ll find deals on used books from sellers around the world. Used books are a great way to build a library at minimal cost.
Seed to Seed
Seed saving and growing techniques for vegetable gardeners. This is a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format without the fluff of some books. I’m constantly amazed at the new things I learn from this book.
Grow or Die
David The Good
The Good Guide to Survival Gardening
David The Good
The Good Guide to Extreme Composting
Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening
David The Good
The Secret to growing Piles of Food in the Sunshine State
The Resilient Gardner
Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times
Making the Best of Basics
James Talmage Stevens
Family Preparedness Handbook
Amaranth to Zai Holes
Laura S. Meitzner and Martin L. Price
Ideas for Growing Food Under Difficult Conditions
Published by ECHO – a training and demonstration farm for missionaries. Located in North Fort Myers, FL
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens
The Storey’s Guide series are all recommended.
Organic Gardening and Farming, The Editors of
How to Preserve the Foods You Grow Naturally
The Useful Book
Sharon and David Bowers
201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop
T. Joseph Miller, Jr.
Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch
Nuclear War Survival Skills
Cresson H. Kearny, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lifesaving Nuclear Facts and Self-Help Instructions
Magic and Medicine of Plants
The Survival Medicine Handbook
Joseph Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P
A guide for when medical help is not on the way
Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine
Auerbach, Donner, Weiss
Flint’s Emergency Treatment and Management
Harvey D. Cain, M.D.
Where There Is No Doctor
A Village Health Care Handbook
Where There Is No Dentist
Desk Ref (or Pocket Ref)
Thomas J. Glover
Tables, lists, charts, etc. of just about anything
Pocket Ref is a smaller pocket-size version of the Desk Ref that contains most of what is in the Desk Ref.
FM5-34 Engineer Field Data
U. S. Army
The military version of Desk Ref
(Out of print – may be difficult to find. Try AbeBooks.com)
(PDF) Maintaining Nutritional Adequacy During A Prolonged Food Crisis
Free download – print it. Full description and download link here.
(With Amazon links)
Those marked with ** are considered “Must have” books.