May 20, 2014

By Request: Reading List V0.7b

A couple years back, I started working on a reading list.  It generated some useful feedback and then it died off.  There was some recent interested among some acquaintances on FB about a book list, so here it is again in all its glory.


D.I.Y. & Science

Boy Scientist, by Popular Mechanics
Caveman Chemistry, by Kevin M. Dunn
Complete Metalsmith, by Tim McCreight
Machinery Handbook
Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance, by James Ballou
Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, by Sadi Carnot
ISBN 978-0486446417
Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties, by D.C. Beard
ISBN 978-1616081348


ARRL Handbook
Boy Electrician, by Alfred Powell Morgan
Electronic Sensors For the Evil Genius, by Tom Petruzzellis
Engineer’s Mini Notebook, Electronic Sensor Circuits and Projects, by Forrest M. Mims III
Engineer’s Mini Notebook, Science and Communication Circuits and Projects, by Forrest M. Mims III
Experimental Methods in RF Design
NEETS (Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series) volumes
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Pirate Radio and Video Experimental Transmitter Projects, by Newton c. Braga
ISBN 0-7506-7331-1. Complements of HD
Electrical Engineering 101, by Ashby
Sourcebook of Electronic Circuits, by Markus


The UNIX Operating System, by Kaare Christensen. Complements of Enoch Zembecowicz
The Art of Unix Programming, by Eric S. Raymond
Software Tools, by Brian W. Kernighan and P.J. Plauger
ISBN-10: 020103669X, ISBN-13: 978-0201036695, Complements of Anonymous.
C Programming Language (2nd Edition), by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie,|
ISBN-10: 0131103628, ISBN-13: 978-0131103627, Complements of Anonymous.
Lions' Commentary on Unix, by John Lions, ISBN-10: 1573980137, ISBN-13: 978-1573980135, Complements of Anonymous.
The Unix Programming Environment, by Brian W. Kernighan and Rop Pike,
ISBN-10: 013937681X, ISBN-13: 978-0139376818, Complements of Anonymous.
Practical Cryptography, by Niels Ferguson and Bruce Schneier,
ISBN-10: 0471223573, ISBN-13: 978-0471223573, Complements of Anonymous.

Spook Territory

The Big Brother Game, by Scott French
The Craft of Intelligence, by Allen W. Dulles
Cryptanalysis: a study of ciphers and their solution, by Helen Fouché Gaines
U.S. Army Field Manual FM 34-40-2, Basic Cryptanalysis
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Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
ISBN 978-0802140180
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
1984, by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradberry
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Brave New World
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Phillip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly, by Phillip K. Dick
Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
Spook Country, by William Gibson
Zero History, by William Gibson
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Revolt in 2100, by Robert A. Heinlein
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger In a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein
A Clockwork Orange. Complements of FB.

Homesteading and Self-Reliance

Musings Of A Man In Black: Prometheus, by Ticom
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Basic Butchering Of Livestock & Game, by John J. Mettler, Jr. D.V.M.
Boy Scout Fieldbook
The Chernobyl Syndrome, by Dean Ing
Down Home Ways, by Jerry Mack Johnson
Earthwise American Indian Traditional Uses of Native Northeast Trees, by E. Barrie Kavasch
Edible Wild Plants, A North American Field Guide, by Thomas S. Elias & Peter A. Dykeman
Five Acres & Independence, by M.G. Kains
ISBN 978-0486209746
Foxfire series
Live Off the Land In the City and Country, by Ragnar Benson
Long-Term Survival In the Coming Dark Age, by James Ballou
Native American Crafts & Skills, by David Montgomery
Nuclear War Survival Skills, by Cresson Kearny
ISBN 978-0942487015
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One Acre and Security, by Bradford Angier
ISBN 978-1572233942
Starving The Monkeys, by Tom Baugh
ISBN 978-0982543108
Woodcraft and Camping, by “Nessmuk”
ISBN 978-1486149896
Storey’s Basic Country Skills, by John Storey. Complements of Mrs. OR
ISBN 978-1580172028
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, by Kingry and Divine. Complements of Mrs. OR
ISBN 978-0778801313
Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, by Michael Dirr. Complements of Mrs. OR
ISBN 978-0881929010
Square Foot Gardening
Green Beret’s Guide to Outdoor Survival, by Don Paul
Great Living in Gruby Times, by Don Paul


A Modern Herbal, by Mrs. M. Grieve F.R.H.S.
ISBN 978-0880299213
Emergency War Surgery
Medicine for Mountaineering
Merck Index
Merck Manual
Peterson Field Guides, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs, by Steven Foster & James A. Duke
ISBN 978-0395988145
Physicians Desk Reference
Special Forces Medic Handbook
The Merck Veterinary Manual, by Kahn and Line. Complements of Mrs. OR
ISBN 978-0911910933
Where There Is No Doctor
Where There Is No Dentist


The Black Swan
Brave New War, by John Robb

Philosophy, Religion, & Politics

Cyberpunks Cyberfreedom: Change Reality Screens (Reboot Your Brain), by Timothy Leary
The Fugitive Philosopher, By Timothy Leary
Holy Bible
Q’ Uran
Bhagavad Gita. Complements of Mrs. OR
The Kama Sutra. Complements of Mrs. OR
Satan Speaks, by Anton LeVay. Complements of Mrs. OR
Federalist Papers
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Anti-Federalist Papers
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Communist Manifesto, by Marx & Engels
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Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, by Ed. McGivern
The Deer Rifle, by L.R. Wallack
Gunsmithing Pistols & Revolvers, by Patrick Sweeney
ISBN 978-1-4402-0389-3
All the Gun Digest “Gunsmithing” series are good.
Lyman Reloading Handbook
Pistolsmithing, by George C. Nonte Jr.

Military Science

A Rifleman Went to War, by Herbert W. McBride
ISBN 978-1614271673
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi
On Combat, by Lt. Col Dave Grossman
ISBN 978-0964920545
The Poor Man’s James Bond Series, by Kurt Saxon
U.S. Army Field Manual FM 7-8, Infantry Rifle Platoon & Squad


The Backwoodsman
Make Zine
Circuit Cellar
Backwoods Home
Hobby Farm
Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Mother Earth News


  1. All was good until you entered "Satan Speaks, by Anton LeVay."
    I don't know the work but what it suggests can be no good for anyone,
    let alone someone trying to survive.

    1. Perhaps the book is listed because it is beneficial to know an enemy's mindset. Reading something and agreeing with something are quite different.

  2. "OMG! Someone recommended a bad book!" You sound just like a Democrat trying to ban guns.

    Judging books solely by their cover, or title in this case, is not a good survivalist trait.

    In fact, that's exactly what Liberals do with gun owners.

  3. best anti-Socialist Utopia by far: Jack Vance, WYST

  4. BobbyD if you don't know the work then how can you comment good or bad about it? Makes no sense.