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  • Author:
    J Wiseman
  • ISBN:
    0002727749
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    978-0002727747
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    Guild Publishing (1986)
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    288 pages
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John ''Lofty'' Wiseman is the author of the bestselling SAS Survival Handbook, the definitive guide to survival .

John ''Lofty'' Wiseman is the author of the bestselling SAS Survival Handbook, the definitive guide to survival in the wild from Britain's Special Air Service. Now he has compiled a complete guide to survival in the urban jungle. Every year in America there are thousands of fatal accidents in the home-more than on the roads, and many more than in the great outdoors. From self-defense techniques to home security systems to coping with natural disasters, this book will teach readers to recognize risks, make quick decisions, and live confidently in the modern urban world. 100 color illustrations.

The SAS Survival Handbook is a survival guide by British author and professional soldier, John Wiseman, first published by Williams Collins in 1986. The book spans over 11 sections, and an introduction and postscript, detailing how to survive in dangerous surroundings.

A knife is your most important survival tool. You must have a clear understanding of survival needs, especially of the need for-and ways of obtaining-water. It must be chosen and used carefully and it must be kept in perfect condition. Equally important is a personal preparedness, so that you are both physically and psychologically equipped to deal with the stresses and hazards of survival conditions. Essentials for survival.

The SAS Urban Survival Handbook or How to Protect Yourself Against Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Fires, Home Invasions, and Everyday Health and Safety Hazards by John "Lofty" Wiseman. This is the definitive guide to survival in the wild from Britain's Special Air Service

The SAS Urban Survival Handbook or How to Protect Yourself Against Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Fires, Home Invasions, and Everyday Health and Safety Hazards by John "Lofty" Wiseman. This is the definitive guide to survival in the wild from Britain's Special Air Service.

Author:Wiseman, John ‘Lofty’. The SAS Survival Handbook. All of our paper waste is recycled within the UK and turned into corrugated cardboard. World of Books USA was founded in 2005. Показать все 2 объявления с подержанными товарами. S. A. Survival Handbook by John Wiseman (1999, Paperback). 2 оценок товара Об этом товаре.

SAS legend John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman’s unrivalled multi-million copy bestseller will teach you: Preparation – Understanding and assembling latest, most resilient, kit. Navigation – Skills, technologies and techniques to get you through unfamiliar terrain. Food and Health – Finding resources in your environment, feeding yourself, healing yourself and avoiding disease. Urban Safety and Security – Recognising dangerous situations, defending yourself and saving others. Disaster Survival – Dealing with unstable environmental conditions: what to do in the face of flash flooding or fast-spreading fire.

Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor.

Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes

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The ultimate guide to surviving anywhere, now updated with more than 100 pages of additional material, including a new chapter on urban survival

"A classic outdoor manual [that] addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don’t leave home without it”--Outside magazine

Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes:

Being prepared: Understanding basic survival skills, like reading the weather, and preparation essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.

Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, staying warm, and creating tools.

Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.

First aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.

Disaster survival: How to react in the face of natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive if all services and supplies are cut off.

Self-defense: Arming yourself with basic hand-to-hand combat techniques.

Security: Protecting your family and property from intrusion, break-ins, and theft.

Climate & terrain: Overcoming any location, from the tropics to the poles, from the desert to the mountains and sea.


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With a good editor, this could be a good book.

But as is, it covers too many topics, from how to deal with computer viruses (keep your software updated, use an anti-virus program) to warnings about scurvy ('always aim for a balanced diet'). There are pages devoted to wood-boring insects. There's an illustration of a Corgi.

Worse, the book is shallow in its investigation of useful options. For emergency winter survival, it's odd to recommend an igloo (slow to make, hard to construct without a snow saw, and tough to complete in poor conditions) but to omit mention of a snow trench (fast, easy, and warm enough to shelter me on many trips), or even a snow-cave, a simple compromise.

And the information shared has no filter. A beginner has no way of parsing the laundry-list of knots to prioritize a square knot (essential) over a Killick hitch (easily replaced by more versatile alternatives); there's no mention at all of how to make an improvised harness, despite several sections on emergency climbing and rappelling. In the section in explosions, Wiseman advises ways to safely exit a building before the spread of fire, but then says 'If you are caught in an explosion in a building, then stay there until safe to do so' [sic], without further explanation.

Finally, it's unreliable. There are pure factual errors (people cannot survive 12 days without water, even in cool temperatures) and frequent mixing of good and poor advice (crossing a river in a group one behind the other is terrible, exposing each to the full force of the water, while crossing in a line facing downstream, with arms interwoven, is universally recommended).

I don't write many reviews, and even fewer poor reviews - why disparage something others enjoyed? But this is meant to be a practical book, and it sets the bar too low. Pare it down and keep the information accurate. At half the length this could be twice as valuable.

Here are links to better books on the areas discussed. I know too little about bushcraft and trapping to recommend one there - any suggestions appreciated.

For rope, climbing, and mountaineering skills,
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition

If you just want information on snow caves (another better alternative to an igloo), Ernest Wilkinson's slim book is out-of-print but easy to find:
Snow Caves for Fun and Survival

For glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and high-angle rescue in general, Andy Selter's book is remarkably efficient. A few pages go a long way on each topic:
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue: Reading Glaciers, Team Travel, Crevasse Rescue Techniques, Routefinding, Expedition Skills 2nd Edition

For emergency wilderness medicine, Eric Weiss' books are the most popular, and they're fine. But I prefer Buck Tilton's, in part because I did my Wilderness EMT training with him, but also for their concise explanations. Here's his most comprehensive:
Wilderness First Responder: How To Recognize, Treat, And Prevent Emergencies In The Backcountry
Macage
This book to me is one of the most important books in my library. Just like he said in his introduction the world is changing and with change their is always danger around the corner to challenge our survival instinct. I never gave learning survival skills a second thought but now having a family I wonder what I could do if we were put in a situation that threatened us such as natural and man-made disasters or if I went camping in the woods and got lost. I went searching on the web and came across this book and I'm glad I purchased it ( I also purchased build the perfect bug out bag by creek Stewart which I also give 5 stars). The third edition of the sas survival handbook covers wilderness survival skills such as:
- preparedness
- survival kit, pouch and knife
- survival in different climates such as mountains, polar regions, islands, deserts and tropical regions
- food such as how to catch and cook animals, how to identify what plants to eat and what to avoid etc
- how to make a fire with what's around you
- how to make tools
- navigating with or without maps
- surviving at sea
- first aid etc
There is heaps of information that a novice like me can understand. Their is also a section on urban survival which covers self-defence, protecting your family and home and what to do when disaster hits your city. This book is very comprehensive and I recomened this book for everyone it is handy to keep in the house and defently a book to read here and there and it's something to practice because learning even the basic survival skills is a important skill in life.
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There's no question that there's a ton of useful information in this very big book, but there are also commonly-accepted but erroneous myths that the author hasn't personally verified. And you the reader probably can't tell which is which without a scientific background. It's really bad for a survival book to make and perpetuate that sort of mistake.

Essentially any time the author talks about magnetism, electricity, static, and their phenomena, he's wrong.

One example is the author's instruction to magnetize a ferrous wire by rubbing silk against it in one direction only, so that it can be used as a compass needle. He is obviously confusing electrostatic and electromagnetic phenomena. The author does mention that the effect of silk is weak and that if you rub it with a magnet it will work better, but doesn't seem to realize that the magnetizing effect of silk (and static electricity in general) is non-existent and that if the wire works as a compass at all, it's because it is already slightly magnetized. People who have performed the experiment of magnetizing by rubbing silk say it doesn't work, and that's what physics would predict as well.

Yes, I know that many books and thousands of web pages perpetuate the same myth. The reality is that most ferrous objects get magnetized naturally simply by being in the Earth's magnetic field. One experimenter found that 75% of needles he purchased in stores would work as a compass without any effort to magnetize them. But rubbing silk (or hair, or anything else you can expect to produce a static electric field), doesn't change them.

Another example is the author's statement that wet matches are dried by placing them in your hair, because of the static electricity in your hair. Static electricity doesn't dry things, your hair absorbs the water or wicks it away.

It's almost as if someone with a scientific background told these yarns to poorly-educated survivalists just to play a trick on them.