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The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

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My book is a Modern Survival Manual based on first hand experience of the 2001 Economic Collapse in Argentina. In it you will find a variety of subjects that I consider essential if a person wants to be prepared for tougher times: -How to prepare your family, yourself, your home and your vehicle -How to prepare your finances so that you dont suffer what millions in my coun ...more
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Published September 11th 2009 by Fernando Aguirre
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Ian Duncan
Jan 21, 2012 Ian Duncan rated it liked it
A resident of Buenos Aires, Argentina during that nation's economic collapse of 2001, Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre offers preparation and survival advice based on his first-hand experience of social instability and infrastructural meltdown. At times inane (keep your doors locked, avoid eating rats, use your gun as a blunt weapon if you run out of ammo) and at other times comical, (the Jack Russell Terrier is the "Swiss Army knife of dogs") "The Modern Survival Manual" is narrated in an engaging, if ...more
Stephen Beeman
Mar 16, 2011 Stephen Beeman rated it it was amazing
Scary but fascinating account of the complete collapse of Argentine society in 2001, with valuable insights about how to prepare for the worst. No matter how modern a country may seem, civilization is never more than three missed meals away from anarchy.
May 14, 2015 Nettie rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic, calamity
This book is very interesting. It is about the economic collapse in Argentina 2001.
Nov 14, 2012 Sheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As indicated by the hyperbolic cover photo and the Comic Sans font, this is a self-published book-- more like a printed blog, really. Nevertheless, it does have some valuable information. I've been reading about Argentina's boom and bust, because I think something similar may happen here, in the US: hyperinflation, rolling blackouts, greater crime and poorer infrastructure. Most of the books I can find deal with what happened to the economic system, but Ferfal's book deals with living with the c ...more
Dec 11, 2014 Jon rated it liked it
It's a little difficult to rate this book. If one were completely unfamiliar with the "prepper" concept, personal defense, or disaster preparedness, then there's a lot of information here that could prove valuable. But if you've been educated on all these things for a while, you have to really dig for fresh nuggets of information.
Travyce Varnum
Jun 07, 2014 Travyce Varnum rated it it was amazing
Keeping in mind that English is not the author's native tongue, and the indie publishing, this is a very enlightening book. It contains a lot of insights & a good perspective of what it's like to survive a real life collapse.
A more realistic look at a post-financial collapse in Argentina in 2001. I lived down there for a couple of year's, so it was interesting to read about the author's experience while going through the collapse and it's aftermath.

I'm don't know a lot of the modern history of Argentina but it seems like the 2001 financial crash was in the works for decades, it just came to a head in 2001.

I don't think I would have liked living in Argentina during that time. I would hope that I would have done what
Jan 19, 2010 Catherine rated it liked it
Having lived in South America and visited Argentina three years ago, much of what he says rings true. People who haven't ever left the U.S. should read this to gain some perspective. But enough with the potty language.
Jul 10, 2011 Greg rated it liked it
I didn't like the writing style...each sentence was its own paragraph. But despite the reading difficulty, the book had good information and is a worthwhile addition to the library.
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A lot more practical than other books on this subject since the author actually lived through a country where the economy collapsed.
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