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25 Best Survival Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Survival books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best survival books" into our search engine and study the top 6+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 4
    The Survival Handbook
  2. 20
    Wilderness Survival

    Wilderness Survival

    Gregory J. Davenport

  3. 24
    Outdoor Survival Skills

    Outdoor Survival Skills

    Larry Dean Olsen

  4. 25
    Northern Bushcraft

    Northern Bushcraft

    Mors L. Kochanski


  • What is considered the best survival book for practical wilderness skills?

    Often, readers looking for a comprehensive resource on wilderness techniques refer to "Bushcraft 101" by Dave Canterbury as the best survival book. This best book covers essential outdoor skills such as shelter building, fire crafting, and foraging. Plus, it helps you understand what tools and accessories to prioritize for your outdoor adventures.

  • Are there any pocket-sized books I can easily carry for quick reference in the wilderness?

    Yes, the "SAS Survival Handbook" by John 'Lofty' Wiseman is a popular pocket guide perfect for keeping on your person or in small kits. This guide is among the survival guides best suited for quick reference, offering condensed, important survival information and tips, making it a great companion for all kinds of outdoor activities.

  • I am interested in edible plant identification; do you have a foraging guide?

    Absolutely, "The Forager's Harvest" by Samuel Thayer is a fantastic foraging guide that provides in-depth information on edible wild plants. The book includes details on identification, harvesting, and preparation, which can be crucial for both survival and reducing dependence on packed food. It is considered one of the best books in its category for foraging.

  • What kind of survival gear is discussed in the books recommended on Most Recommended Books?

    The survival books we recommend often discuss a variety of survival gear, including items such as knives, packs, clothing, and water purification systems. They'll equip you with knowledge on how to best use this gear for safety and efficiency in survival situations. You can usually find a dedicated section to survival gear within these books.

  • For someone new to prepping, what would be a good book to start with?

    A good book to begin with is "The Disaster Preparedness Handbook" by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley. It serves as a full primer covering all aspects of prepping, from food storage to medical and communication plans. This book is essential for those looking to construct thorough prepping kits and strategies for a variety of emergency situations, making it a staple in the best books section of any survivalist's collection.

  • Can you provide the price range for the recommended survival books?

    While we don't sell books directly, we always link to where you can shop them on Amazon, where you can find the price details in our post. Prices can vary based on format and edition, so please check the current listing for the most accurate and up-to-date price.

  • Are any of the recommended survival books fiction for those who want thrilling stories with their lessons?

    Yes, for a mix of thrilling narrative and survival education, "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen is a great fiction book. It tells the story of a young boy who survives a plane crash and has to fend for himself in the Canadian wilderness. While enjoying the story, readers also learn about survival in a compelling and engaging way.

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