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SAS Survival Guide: For any climate, for any situation (Collins Gem)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  3,114 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
SAS Survival Guide 2E is the revised and updated edition of the world’s preeminent survival guide, covering everything from basic first aid and campcraft to strategies for coping with any type of disaster. Long considered the supreme handbook for outdoor skills and preparedness, this new edition—expanded by renowned survival expert John “Lofty” Wiseman to include informati ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 384 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1986)
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Aug 18, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was given to me as a joke but whatever, I read it and now feel confident that I could survive in the event of an apocalypse.

John Wiseman is ex SAS and he says his book is their complete course on how to survive outdoors, on land or sea, in any weather, in any part of the world. It is split into sections covering survival, food, camp craft, map and weather reading, health, survival at sea, rescue and disasters amongst a bunch of other stuff.

There is an interesting section on edible
Feb 11, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Oprah was really interested in helping people, she'd add this book to her book club. "Read it TODAY. Steadman!!! We need a survival kit and a survival pouch. And one for the cocker spaniels. And Gayle. Get off the Xbox."

Zombies: come at me bros.
Dec 15, 2011 Will rated it it was amazing
I love this small wonder! I take it with me whenever I go hiking, camping or hunting. It isn't waterproof (maybe they'll do it in a new "weather-proof edition"!), but I just throw it in a zip-lock sandwich bag, because it is THAT small, and it goes right in the pack. It covers everything you'll ever need to know, plus a ton you hope you won't need. It includes colour images of edible plants and of those that are poisonous. For anyone who is interested in survival in wild, buy this book! I only p ...more
Omar Alhashimi
Oct 28, 2014 Omar Alhashimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is actually one of the few that I always take me whenever I travel or go on a trip. This could potentially save your life and it is really so detailed it is crazy. Having the pages able to survive water is also so useful. Going from every environment, to what plants you can eat, to setting up traps and shelters this has EVERYTHING. I never travel without it beside me, it could save your life one day, so I think its better to be safe than sorry. Even if you aren't that adventurous its c ...more
Sundeep Supertramp
May 18, 2011 Sundeep Supertramp rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sundeep by: survivors
Shelves: survival-guide

I am a outdoor kind of guy.. It is very essential for me to learn survival tactics incase of emergency and all..


It is THE BEST... Nothing can beat it.. It covers each and every worse-case sceanrios provided by the Mother Nature.. It covers all the regions from Desert to Glaciers.. Swamps to forests... hot to cold to tropical to humid... It is a one-stop deal for survival situation..

If you got lost in a wild place like (any )forest and if yo
May 16, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is poorly written, terribly organized, and horribly (I mean HORRIBLY) edited, but I almost gave it four stars. Obviously, you don't read a book like this expecting great literature. The guy who wrote it isn't a writer (and apparently neither were his "editors") -- he's a legit survival expert. The sheer amount of useful information in this book makes it worth owning and worth actually reading. Besides the obvious worst-case-scenario imagination-stimulation, you might actually learn som ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a bizarre, interesting book! I now feel prepared should my car drive off of a cliff onto a frozen tundra. Seriously, I was fascinated by this book, and I have the strangest urge to buy a good knife and always keep in on my person now...
Feb 26, 2013 Connor rated it it was amazing
When disaster strikes, it is always good to be prepared for any type of emergency. Even if houses have an “Emergency Kit”, the question is whether the family knows how to use the materials properly. The SAS Survival Handbook is great for learning how to learn with equipment, or nothing but hands. SAS Survival Handbook, written by an ex-SAS, John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, was written so that anyone can learn how to survive with nothing in any situation or climate.

Survival dates back to when the first ma
The SAS survival guide provides a wealth of information on how to survive in different situations ranging from a volcano eruption to being lost at sea and tells you how to perform useful tasks like building an igloo and amputating an arm. While I am undoubtedly better prepared to fend for myself if I get lost in the woods the lack of detail on certain topics and the focus on long term (1 month +) survival prevented me from rating it higher.

I didn’t find the organization as bad as some other revi
Mar 26, 2011 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The SAS SURVIVAL MANUAL won acclaim upon its publication in 1986, both because of its clear organization and the illustrious career of the soldier behind it, John "Lofty" Wiseman who served for 26 years and participated in operations all over the world. Having examined a range of survival manuals, I decided to sit down and read this one in depth, and all in all I'm happy I did. There are clear, often colour illustrations for edible and poisonous plants and for tying knots, while the instruction ...more
Bernard Chen
Jan 13, 2009 Bernard Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really remember what made me get this book. I've long been a fan of the outdoors and I'm thoroughly impressed by Les Stroud, aka Survivorman. (Bear Grylls is flat out crazy and suggests things no one should ever do.)

This manual covers survival techniques across all climates. This is a good toilet read and something valuable to consult before heading out on any outdoor trip. For a city-mouse like myself, I may 'read' the book, but I'm not likely to remember more than 1/4 of the info conta
Sep 21, 2009 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book covers every survival question you can think of and loads that you can't. It covers every major climatic region and survival at sea and how to get through various man-made and natural disasters. It also covers:
- what you can and can't eat
- identification of edible and medicinal plants
- animal tracks and signs
- trapping, killing and preparation of animals
- where to locate and how to build a camp
- first aid from minor to major injury and illness
- signalling using yourself, morse code and
Lauren Brackenbury
I had read about this some time ago as being the "definitive guide" to wilderness survival, a topic of great interest to me. This book is fantastic - based on a lifetime serving in the Special Air Service (SAS), an elite British army unit, Wiseman packs this invaluable book full of comprehensive, clear, practical information about building shelter, finding food and water, and staying safe and healthy in all emergency scenarios and situations. The diagrams are very clear, and his writing style is ...more
Rena Sherwood
I read this when I was homeless in England -- which is the time when you want to be reading a survival book written by a SAS guy. Full of unforgettable tips like"Keep a journal" and "Fish eyes contain water" letting you realize just how bad it has to get if you really want to bother staying alive. Sadly, my copy was burnt up when my ex-boyfriend set fire to my bender (a simple dwelling in the woods made of tarps over a framework of green wood.) That was the incident that finally kicked by stupid ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Anders rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Outdoorsmen, Military personel.
This is probably one of the most comprehensive book about wilderness survival ever written. Right from the top of my head I can't think of a single situation that it does not cover, or in which the knowledge find within the pages of this legendary field manual can not aid you in some way.

Absolutely 100% recommended.
I have the newer (2006) edition of this book; it is an excellent and very compact.
Here;s a link to it:

This book is a must-have resource for survivalists, backpackers, hunters, trappers, preppers of all sorts, and even bushcrafters.
Highly recommended.
Jun 27, 2012 Trax rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome and informative. There is also a smartphone companion app which is kind of cool thing as well. Goes over many situations and climates and the survival issues regarding each of these. Great book.
Jason Smith
Oct 04, 2010 Jason Smith rated it really liked it
fits in my pocket, literally, and has great pictures and information for survival stuff, which interests me alot.
Dakota Shortt
Sep 27, 2012 Dakota Shortt rated it it was amazing
Everyone should have one.
If it weren't for this book, I wouldn't know the first thing about rabbit starvation, emergency childbirth, or the deadly candiru.
Sep 02, 2007 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dudes
Now I know how to field dress a hare.
Sep 21, 2011 Shean rated it it was amazing
Because you just never know!!! Highly useful information and could potentially be life saving!
Mar 21, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only problem with this book is I know I won't have it when I'm lost in the wilds being chased by a pack of rabid mountain goats.
Sep 02, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
good book
May 11, 2017 Tera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chock full of information, diagrams, pictures and great advice.....must have for anyone interested in nature and survival. It took awhile to read due to the immense amount of information packed into this one book.
Bookworm Amir
Jul 07, 2013 Bookworm Amir rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sure, I am an urbanite. But shit can always happen.

"Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may he
Jul 24, 2014 Lewiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the No 1 book for outdoor survival skills. It has easy to follow instruction on many area and does a good job in organising itself. Yes you do have to jump from one section to another from time to time for more details on certain things, but this is more of a reference book anyway.

I would have liked to see more detail on certain areas. Eg: How to light a fire in the tropic, but never the less it does a good job of covering everything, and when I say everything, I mean everything (Emergen
Aug 01, 2014 Marya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Alright *phew*.. THIS BOOK.
i consider my self a lover of the wilderness, not necessarily a participant, although i really do wish i were one. Unfortunately where i live the closest thing to wilderness you'll ever get to is an abandoned toilet on the highway.. ANYWAYS. This book has given me a real life experience being unable to participate in this astonishing, and thrilling lifestyle. It gave me a glimpse of what it feels like, and to be completely honest with you this was the most interesting
Miguel G
Jan 16, 2013 Miguel G rated it it was amazing
Toca infinidad de habilidades (agua, refugio, fuego, orientación, comida, animales, plantas, primeros auxilios...) y casi cualquier situación catastrófica (o no) imaginable. Todo ello explicado magistralmente por John Lofty y con ilustraciones (en color, en el caso de las plantas y animales) que ayudan a la compresión.

El formato "mini" de bolsillo lo hace muy fácil de manejar y a la hora de hacer cualquier salida es casi obligatorio cogerlo y tirarlo en la mochila con el resto de las cosas ya qu
Nov 14, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After I came back from a perfect camping trip at Yosemite in California, I thought to myself, what if something were to go wrong? I was lucky that everything turned out fine, considering we hiked Half Dome with many trails, forests, and almost no clean drinking water. I went to my local bookshop and picked up this wonderful book. What I love about this book is that it covers absolutely everything you need to know about survival in any situation. I learned how to make different knots, the many di ...more
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