15 Best Survival Books


The biggest part of emergency preparedness is gathering knowledge and being sure that we are constantly learning.

One of the best ways of gaining this knowledge is by getting your hands on a couple of dependable survival guides.

There are helpful books available on every category of preparedness, survival, homesteading, etc but not all books are worth the investment.

It isn’t what the book costs; it’s what it will cost if you don’t read it – Jim Rohn

We have done the research for you to bring only the best survival books available that you can rely on. The list below is in no particular order.

Advanced Bushcraft – Dave Canterbury

Whether you are new to bushcraft or have been in the game for a while, you are sure to find of use.

Trying to survive out in the wilderness is a lot harder than the TV makes it look but this book will give you the knowledge that you need to get out alive.

Basic Butchering Of Livestock And Game – John J Mettler

If you have never butchered your own meat before, it can be an intimidating task. We believe that having the knowledge to butcher is an important skill for survival in the wilderness.

Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game will give you everything you need on how to get the job done from small to large animals.

Bushcraft First Aid – Dave Canterbury

Dave Canterbury gets his head together with Jason Hunt to bring you this book about first aid in the wilderness. Neither of the two lack experience and they are kind enough to share their knowledge with us. This first aid guide is the perfect size for packing in your bugout bag.

Edible Wild Plants – Lee Allen Peterson

You need to know which plants are edible and which are poisonous and this book can teach you exactly that. It covers hundreds of different plants as well as teaching you which plants look alike but are poisonous. This is an incredibly valuable book for any survival library.

Emergency Food Storage And Survival Handbook – Peggy Layton

You will see many prepper websites talking about food storage but for those wanting more in depth advice, the by Peggy Layton is the one.

This book outlines how you can prepare for a disaster and how to go about storing at least a 3 month supply of all the necessities you will need to survive.

It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.

Hawkes Green Beret Survival Manual – Mykel Hawke

Special Forces Captain Mykel Hawke provides survival strategies from a former Green Beret’s perspective and experience. This is an easy to follow and fun read. There is a lot of information packed into the pages of this book covering everything from survival techniques to maintaining the right attitude.

How To Eat In The Woods – Bradford Angier

This is a great little book to hone your outdoor cooking culinary skills. From identifying edible plants to tracking, trapping, killing, and cleaning different species of animals, this book has got you covered. This guide is easy to read and very educational. The great thing about this one is that there are plenty of pictures and illustrations to provide visual guides to what you are looking for.

Preppers Long Term Survival Guide – Jim Cobb

Not every disaster will be short term which makes it important to have plans in place for long term survival too. This is a great book for the beginner, or anyone who wants to add on to their current survival library.

SAS Survival Handbook – John Lofty Wiseman

I’m sure you were expecting this book to make the list and it is with good reason. This is the survival bible if there ever was one. Written by a New York Times bestselling author, you will be taken through everything from basic survival skills, disaster survival skills, first aid, food, and even hand-to-hand combat techniques.

Shelters Shacks And Shanties – D C Beard

Shelters Shacks And Shanties is a classic from D. C. Beard in which you will learn how to build anything from a bark teepee to a sod house, with your own two hands. This guide also has plenty of illustrations to make for an easy to follow guide.

Survive! – Les Stroud

Creator of Survivorman, Les Stroud, shares his survival knowledge that he has tested time and time again. He shares the nitty-gritty details of survival in a manner that is candid and honest.

The Encyclopedia Of Country Living – Carla Emery

If a good book on homesteading is what you’re after then this guide is for you. This encyclopedia has been updated to help with 21st century survival. It covers a wide range of topics from raising animals, food prep, beekeeping, and even how to deliver a baby.

The Prepper’s Blueprint – Tess Pennington

The Prepper’s Blueprint has been divided up in a way to help you make sense of all the preparedness concepts and supply lists provided. Layer 1: Chapters 1-14, prepares you for those everyday disasters that have shorter-term effects. Layer 2: Chapters 15-31 help you to get ready for disasters that turn out to be much longer-lasting. Layer 3: Chapters 32-56 prepares you for the long haul and a complete change of lifestyle, the end of the world as we know it. The goal of The Prepper’s Blueprint is to help you find freedom through self-reliance, and ultimately, to get you and your family to a point where you can not only survive, but thrive, in a world that may be permanently altered.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide – Bernie Carr

This is a great little book that gives you the information that you need without all the fluff. You will be given 101 simple DIY projects to better prepare yourself and your home for survival in the event of a disaster. These projects are also pretty inexpensive which is a bonus.

The Survival Medicine Handbook – Joseph Alton

This guide will teach you how to deal with different medical conditions when you don’t have access to emergency medicine. It is written in a manner that acts as if there are no medical facilities or doctors available after a disastrous event.