Prepper Library

All of these books have been in my library at one time or another. Some are well-worn and I’ll never give them away. Others were helpful, I learned something, and then I passed them along to someone else. All are recommended for your prepper library.

Notable Prepper Fiction

Day of Wrath by William Forstchen – Terrorists attack an elementary school. A scenario I don’t want to consider.

The Jakarta Pandemic by Steve Konkoly – Excellent writer. Realistic scenario.

Lights Out by David Crawford – Excellent depiction of post-TEOTWAWKI life.

Locker Nine by Franklin Horton – l like this one because it depicts a scenario with a college-age girl and her prepper dad.

One Second After by William Forstchen – Post-EMP life. Every American should read this one.

Patriots by James Wesley Rawles – This is the one that got us started prepping. Good survival lessons, too.

World War Z by Max Brooks – One zombie book. Indulge me.

*There are really too many great prepper/survival novels out there, but these few caught my attention.

Mental Preparedness

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzalez – In a crisis, only 10% of us stay focused. This book answers the question, “How do I become part of that 10%?”

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker – Anti-second amendment but everything else is right on. Good info about being aware and detecting danger signals.

Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley – Situational awareness. Know what, when, and where evil lurks.

The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood – More about mental and emotional survival. If you think you’re a survivor, you’ll be one.

The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley — If you read one book from this category, it should be this one. It’s a study of who survives and why.


Wilderness and Outdoor Survival

Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before it’s too Late by Scott B. Williams

Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury

Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere – Alive by Les Stroud

Will to Live by Les Stroud – Real-life tales with survival lessons. Very readable.



The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag by Creek Stewart – Surprisingly excellent book.

Crisis Preparedness Handbook by Jack A. Spigarelli – A classic.

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat by M.D. Creekmore – For the VERY tight-budget prepper.

The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook by Joseph and Amy Alton, 3rd edition

The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery

Gardening When it Counts by Steve Solomon

How to Survive the End of the World as we Know it by James Wesley Rawles – Classic information. More rural focused.

LDS Preparedness Manual (free download)

The Modern Survival Manual by Fernando Aguirre – Author is FerFAL of Argentina’s economic collapse fame.

Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearney

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide by Bernie Carr

Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook by James Hubbard

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford – Complete family-friendly survival manual. Very readable.

When There is no Doctor by David Werner

Where There is no Dentist by Murray Dickson


Food Storage and Preservation

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judi Kingry

Cookin with Home Storage by Peggy Layton & Vicki Tate

Food Storage 101 by Peggy Layton

Food Storage Made Easy

Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook by Mary Bell

The Prepper’s Canning Guide by Daisy Luther


Books by Preparedness Advice founder, Howard Godfrey

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND MORE: 2016 EDITION: This manual on Food Storage and Survival is a comprehensive book designed to provide preparedness information to the average family in America today. It consists of 19 chapters covering: Amounts and types of foods you need to store to be self-sufficient; learning how to package your food for long-term storage; knowing what to do when the power grid fails. How do you cook food and light your home without electricity? What type of medical supplies should you have on hand if you’re on your own? If the water system fails, do you know how to purify your drinking water? Learn about communication and precious metal trading. All this and more is included in this easy to read book.


5 thoughts on “Prepper Library”

  1. Dear Mr. Godfrey,
    Thank you for the advice re e-tools. I now realize that the entrenching tool I purchased for backpacking is a cheap imitation of military e-tools.
    I am new to prepping, found your page only this evening, and wish to learn more.
    David Rice

  2. I would also like to recommend:

    “Six Ways In, Twelve Ways Out” by George Jasper
    This basic skills manual by George Jasper is a compilation of training material that U.S. RSOG cadre uses to train military personnel during the Survival and Evasion course. Brief text prefacing each chapter applies to the material about cadre experiences in the field. There are over 185 pages of text and simple to follow illustrations. The manual is $15.00 postage paid. All proceeds from the sale of the manual go into the training budget of U.S. RSOG personnel. On Amazon used copies usually cost more than the list price. Order direct by sending a $15.00 check or money order to:
    U.S. RSOG
    4600 N. Hardesty
    Kansas City MO 64117

    “Survivalist Family” is written by Joe Fox of Viking Services LLC and Joe has been living the preparedness lifestyle since he was a child, teaches men, women and children all over the country to prepare and survive. A former Special Forces officer, USRSOG Cadre and SERE instructor, Joe imparts knowledge you cannot get anywhere else. ISBN: 978-1-935018-25-4 Price: $19.95
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for the new prepper, May 21, 2010
    This review is from: Survivalist Family Prepared Americans for a Strong America (Paperback) This is an incredibly easy-to-follow book, complete with lists and priorities. It emphasizes doing instead of buying and uses real life examples to explain why many tasks are emphasized over others. At 195 pages it’s not difficult to read and it won’t provide earth-shattering secrets to make you Rambo overnight. It focuses on the basics that most of us forget because we’re too busy whacking at the trees to see the forest. I have a good library and this is the book that everyone should start with. If you are already an experienced prepper then you should still buy two copies of the book. One to make sure you’ve covered the basics, and the other to give to your friends who still think the government will save them during the next natural disaster.

  3. Not sure is anyone mentioned these two, but they’re pretty good. One Year After by William Forstchen (especially if you liked his book One Second After) and Scimitar Rising by Trey Percynter. Both of them you just can’t put down.

  4. I would recommend the following reading material;
    The ‘Going Home’ series by A.(Angry) American all 10 volumes are a good study of human nature and scenarios you would likely see come to pass during an extended SHTF situation. Lavoy Finicums, ‘Only by Blood and Suffering’. Of course the Foxfire series is a good resource to have on hand.

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