Survive! By Les Stroud Book Review

Survive! By Les Stroud

Title: Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere – Alive

Author: Les Stroud

Les Stroud, the host of Survivorman, once in the music industry, now brings his passion for wilderness survival to others.

Nothing limits your effectiveness in the wild more than an injury.

Unlike certain other survival show hosts, Les doesn’t opt for a hotel every night when he is filming. If he says he is in a survival situation, HE IS. But he does this in order to teach us, the viewers, and the readers, what to do should we ever find ourselves in similar situations.

Survive! by Les Stroud covers a lot of areas, but is it really worth it? Can you learn anything new or is it just full of the same old stuff? Read on for my thoughts.

Survive! has been on my bookshelf for quite a while but to be honest, I had only ever had a quick scan of the pages before now until recently, when I decided that I needed to take the time to do more studies.

Once I started to actually look at the book properly, I soon noticed that actually, this book was written for people like me, people that like to scan, people that want their information on a topic without all the fluff and filler content.

One of the most beneficial characteristics you can have in a survival situation is confidence.

Now, when learning something new, I do like to have a deeper look into the subject in order to learn everything that I can. After that time the quick points are better when it comes to remembering the information.

A lot of what was contained within the book was things that I had already learned in the past, but there were also quite a lot of good points that I hadn’t even thought of such as how to split rocks to use as cutting tools, and how to deal with dislocations.

He doesn’t attempt to hide the fact that reading the book is necessary but not sufficient to survive successfully in the wild.

Pros
  • Over 350 pages packed of essential skills, techniques and checklists
  • Very easy to follow
  • Great book for both beginners and intermediate
  • Helpful tip boxes throughout
  • Very little filler content, just the information that you need
Cons
  • Some sections could be more in depth
  • Some of the pictures could be better
   

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