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SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea

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"The SAS Survival Handbook" is the Special Air Service's complete course in being prepared for any type of emergency. John 'Lofty' Wiseman presents real strategies for surviving in any type of situation, from accidents and escape procedures, including chemical and nuclear to successfully adapting to various climates (polar, tropical, desert), to identifying edible plants a ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by HarperResource (first published 1986)
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Feb 11, 2012 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.
Sundeep Supertramp
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sundeep by: survivors
Shelves: survival-guide, mew

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
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
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
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical pocket sized book that I will be sure to bring with me come doomsday.
May 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Lauren Bedson
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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...
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best, most realistic, compact and complete survival guide out there.

It has everything you 'll ever need in a survival situation, but don't get too excited. Reading about it and implementing it in a real survival situation are two different things.

Worth reading, better yet studying.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the fires in N. California where I live, it has changed my perspective. I feel that I need to be more prepared. This book really helped although practical application is really what is needed. This would also be good to learn about camping too.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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 rated it really liked it
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 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
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
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 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dudes
Now I know how to field dress a hare.
If it weren't for this book, I wouldn't know the first thing about rabbit starvation, emergency childbirth, or the deadly candiru.
Jason Smith
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fits in my pocket, literally, and has great pictures and information for survival stuff, which interests me alot.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because you just never know!!! Highly useful information and could potentially be life saving!
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dakota Shortt
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should have one.
James Aylott
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John “Lofty” Wiseman’s SAS Survival Handbook I rank as my second most favorite book after the Robert Graves gem “Goodbye to All That.” In prior years the more well thumbed pages on my copy were the “how to stay alive during a thermonuclear blast” chapter and various pages dedicated to surviving in the wilderness by eating worms and cooking up soup consisting of stinging nettles and snake intestines. After moving to St. Louis I now turn to the book’s resource pages on dealing with hostile urban e ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is the best survival book I found so far. It seems like it could be useful outside of an emergency just for the first aid and plant identification sections. He really goes into great detail maintaining a level of detail not seen in other books. For example, he shows how to skin/prepare animals and how to collect dew off of plants.
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fallowing me whenever i go into the nature on a trip. All you need to know about survival is right here. Its a must have!
Sean'S Gambit
Great for camping - and surviving the zombie apocalypse!
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