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Survival 101: The Essential Guide to Saving Your Own Life in a Disaster
Marcus Duke
Galleon Publishing
Nonfiction, Survival
***+

DESCRIPTION: Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, riots... No matter where you are, chaos is only one disaster away. It's not a matter of if, but when. Whether it's a temporary disaster or a major national or global collapse, a little preparation can go a long ways toward ensuring your safety, health, and survival. The author explains the basics of disaster preparedness, and the things everybody should have on hand just in case the worst happens.
A Kindle-exclusive title.

REVIEW: This book is exactly what it states it is: a very basic primer in how to survive during troubled times. In truth, it's more of an introduction than a complete reference on its own. Duke explains a few basics - several ways to purify water, for instance, and the necessity of fire in any situation - but refers the reader elsewhere for more in-depth discussions. He stops short of "armed bunker in the hills" territory, keeping most of his advice practical for the average person needing to survive the average interruption in civilization (such as that caused by natural disasters.) It's short, and it reads fast, with some interesting information that more of us should probably be thinking about.

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