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Primitive Wilderness Living and Survival Skills (Anglais) Broché – mars 1993

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Book by John McPherson Geri McPherson

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bdf17ec) étoiles sur 5 118 commentaires
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HASH(0x9be1e3f0) étoiles sur 5 Easily the best book on the subject 9 août 1999
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Format: Broché
Hands down this is the best survival book anywhere. The difference between this book and the majority of survival skills books is that most books will talk about why you should make a waterproof shelter and discuss the building of a waterproof shelter, but they won't tell you EXACTLY HOW to build it. If you read this book, you will be able to tan buckskin, construct baskets, make primitive pots, make effective and simple bows, make cordage, construct semi-permanent shelters, flintknapp basic tools, start fires from natural materials and much more.
This book is not about "surviving," rather it's about "thriving" in a wilderness situation. The McPhersons have written the best and easiest to read book you can find anywhere.
We liked this book so much we made it the book of the month at RFS Online for August 1999.
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HASH(0x9be1e858) étoiles sur 5 One of the best out there. 26 avril 2006
Par David Rostollan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I've studied, practiced, and taught wilderness survival on and off for around ten years, now. I've read an enormous amount of material on the subject of survival; some of it is quite good (Brown Jr., Wiseman, Davenport, among others), some of it is at best mediocre (e.g., FM 21-76).

However, this work by the McPhersons is in a class all by itself; it's simply outstanding. Unlike the majority of other books on survival, this book is filled with actual photographs, rather than drawings and illustrations. For instance, John Wiseman's "SAS Survival Handbook" is filled with an extraordinary amount of good information, but without actual photographs, the reader is never really "connected" to the skills being communicated. Of course, one must actually have real, hands-on experience in order to *truly* connect to the skills and practices being communicated, but the fact remains that good photographs are vastly superior to the average drawings found in survival handbooks, and as such will better prepare the reader for the actual event.

Although the information is not as far reaching in the same sense as something like Wiseman's Survival Handbook, it is far superior in the way it covers the limited amount of subjects that it does tackle. And those subjects are absolutely essential - thus they deserve the high degree of focus they receive to the exclusion of other lesser important skills. This book shows you the basic skills necessary to survive and to thrive - and it shows those skills with remarkable clarity. Sure, the grammar in this book is terrible, and the McPhersons are obviously not cultured in the traditional sense, but they know *this* subject, and that's what's important here.

I might complain at this point about a previous reviewer. J. Fusco's April 8th (single star) review is quite off base. He writes: "If this is your first survival book and you are looking to learn the basics of survival then I feel this is not the book."

I beg to differ. If I knew that the dearest person to me in all the world was about to get dropped into the middle of a North American wilderness, this is the FIRST book I would give to her. I've never seen its equal as far as explaining the basics of survival.

There are a few things I would have liked to see in this book that were not covered, yet are quite important. For instance, collection and treatment of water is a very important skill (think giardiasis), yet it received no attention here. In all fairness, though, this is by no means an insurmountable exclusion to anyone with half a brain. Almost everyone knows that boiling water renders it safe for drinking, so if one merely applies the skills learned from the sections on fire-making and various containers, the problem becomes a virtual non-issue (with a few rare exceptions, granted).

Also, the section on shelters, while good as far as it goes, leaves something to be desired. I would have liked to see a simpler, cold-weather type shelter that could be put up in a very short amount of time while still providing maximum protection from the elements. For example, Tom Brown Jr.'s "Debris Hut" (Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival, p. 30ff.) is excellent in this regard. I have personally survived sub-freezing temperatures in such a shelter with very little insulation except that provided in nature. The McPherson's book would have benefited greatly by including a shelter like the debris hut.

All in all, the small scruples I have with this book in no way detract from my estimation of its greatness, and my five-star rating is given without hesitation. Highly Recommended.
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HASH(0x9be1e87c) étoiles sur 5 Excellent Beginners Guide to Wilderness Survival 21 décembre 2000
Par J. E. Nelson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is an excellent beginners guide for the inexperienced outdoorsman.
The book contains 10 well developed chapters that will get you well on your way to being able to "live off the land." The topics covered in this book are as follows: tanning deer skins, making fire, cordage, making a bow and arrows, making traps, meat preservation, primitive cooking methods, field dressing and butchering a deer, container making (baskets and pottery), making tools, and making shelters.
Most of these topics are covered in amazing detail with plenty of photographs. The McPhersons do an excellent job of explaining the topics so that even people with no outdoor experience could perform the task almost immediately. The only exception I found was the chapter on making baskets. Even though I read the chapter several times, I do not feel I could not weave a basket (in all do fairness, it may be easier when I actually attempt the task).
I can not stress enough how easy this book makes a seemingly impossible task for people who lack the basic knowledge of wilderness survival skills. The McPhersons don't just give you the instructions, they also explain the physics or logic behind what they are writing about. I recommend this book to anyone who needs/wants a firm foundation in basic survival skills.
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HASH(0x9be1e864) étoiles sur 5 This is the best all around book on the subject 13 décembre 1998
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Format: Broché
If I could carry only one book with me, knowing that my plane was going to crash in the wilderness, this would be the book. Let me qualify this statement. I am a pilot and have been practicing primitive survival living skills for seventeen years. My library on survival contains at least thirty books. This book is easy to understand and has multiple, detailed photographs. It should be noted that the section which discusses "eating mice for food" should be disregarded because the risk of contracting Hanta Virus is greater than the nutritional value of the mouse.
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HASH(0x9be1e774) étoiles sur 5 Fascinating. 19 janvier 2004
Par Michael Valdivielso - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is, in fact, ten booklets printed together making ten chapters. Each chapter deals in detail with a certain subject, for example the first is called 'Brain Tan Buckskin' while the second is 'Primitive Fire & Cordage' and so on. Each chapter shows skills and gives knowledge that will help with the next few. For example, knowing how to make cordage helps with making bows, setting traps and making baskets. This knowledge can be helpful or just thought provoking.
I really enjoyed this book because of my interest not only in Native American culture but also in the Neanderthals, early man and the Ice Age. Mr. McPherson not only talks about how to do something, but deals with the materials available, how the weapons and tools work and even gives you information on other methods of doing the same thing. But what he shows you in the book works because HE HAS DONE IT.
I don't suggest giving it to young kids - Mr. McPherson makes it so easy to start fires and set traps. Hehe! Over 400 pages with tons of details and LOTS of great photos.
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