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Old 12-11-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Canada
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1) The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Survival Skills, Tactics, and Techniques - by Department of the Army (I picked it because of the "ultimate" in the title. )

"Drawing from dozens of the U.S. Army’s official field manuals, editor Jay McCullough has culled a thousand pages of the most useful and curious tidbits for the would-be soldier, historian, movie-maker, writer, or survivalist—including techniques on first aid; survival in the hottest or coldest of climates; finding or building life-saving shelters; surviving nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks; physical and mental fitness, and how to find food and water anywhere, anytime. With hundreds of photographs and illustrations showing everything from edible plants to rare skin diseases of the jungle, every page reveals how useful Army knowledge can be."

Amazon.com: Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Survival Skills: Books


But, I guess the Navy is going to have to show me how to build a boat, sooo...


2) The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook: Learn the Survival Techniques and Strategies of America's Elite Warriors

3) The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

4) 1984 - George Orwell

5) Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Okay, those survival books can go on my list too. But I don't know if I'd feel like reading about the end of the world (Lucifer's Hammer) if I was stranded on a desert island.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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The Collected Works of Kahlil Gibran
Leaves of Grass/Walt Whitman
Both for obvious reasons...

Now that it has been mentioned, some type of survival book

A Webster dictionary...(for reading)

A really funny book...
such as The Dog Who Knew Too Much/Spencer Quinn
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Thanks to everyone who's responded so far; MODERATOR: I would appreciate it if the spelling on the original post, which had to be done in a hurry, could be cleaned up.

Couple of points worth repeating. I asked to exclude the Bible, and all religious works, on the assumption that everyone would be familiar with it. And the "desert island" scenario was not intended to "stack the deck" with works on survival,etc.

My goal here was to locate works which could be read multiple times, wit the reader possibly seeing things he/she did not earlier in life.

Please lead on.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:18 PM
 
Location: The Jar
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Just So Stories---Kipling

Complete Dickens (won't feel so bad about being stranded)

The Bible (can't beat the stories---omnibus---full of really interesting stuff)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's compiled works

A book with blank pages to fill
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Okay, those survival books can go on my list too. But I don't know if I'd feel like reading about the end of the world (Lucifer's Hammer) if I was stranded on a desert island.
I know. I just have the urge to read it again. It's on my bookshelf and it goes from move to move since the 1970s when I read it. I'm afraid the pages might crumble but because of this thread, I think I'll give it another shot.

I still can't believe there isn't a Dummies book for surviving on a deserted island. That would have been my first pick.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Ray Mears "Survival Handbook" or "Bushcraft" -Not just because of the useful aspect of it but also because I love his writing and admire him. If I am not allowed a survival book I will swap it for

Mark Twain autobiography

Complete works of Guy de Maupassant

Complete works of Oscar Wilde

"Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck ( would love a complete works if possible) - Because it makes me happy.

"South" by Ernest Shackelton - Such an extraordinary tale of courage and survival against impossible odds might inspire me and it is one of my favourite books..... Should lift my spirits.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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"Anna Karenina", Leo Tolstoy
"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men", James Agee
"Pogo", the collected works, Walt Kelly
"Seven Pillars of Wisdom", T E Lawrence
"History of the Word", H G Wells (in preference to "Story of Civilization" by Will and Ariel Durant, which would have sunk the ship in the first place and been the cause of my predicament, or else I could tie the volumes together and use them as a raft to make my escape.)

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