Book: How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It: Tactics, Technique and Tech
Author: James Wesley, Rawles
(the comma is not a typo)
I discovered this book in the early 2000's. Since then I've realized that practically everything I know about prepping either comes straight out of this text or is filtered through it. I just ordered my third copy. Keep one on hand, sealed up and safe for end-times reference.
The book is easy to read and offers deep technical info--including where to locate more guidance online. James' military background shines throughout. I consider him my godfather-of-prep.
His SurvivalBlog website is a true encyclopedia of prep, from basics to exotic and advanced ideas, products and tech. I visit most days.
James has also written several important survival novels that are deliberately crafted to include MASSIVE on-the-spot, pertinent info on prepper strategies, gear, weapons, long term planning, and much more.
Patriots: A novel of survival in the coming collapse is an excellent introduction to the "what and why" of prepper minutiae. As much a how-to text as fictional narrative, it is a great companion to How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It (see above.)
Website: SHTF blog
Founder and Editor: Derrick James
Very timely and focused posts on a variety of prep concerns and products. Derrick and his team don't mess around--I have not received an update that didn't teach me something I wish I'd known years ago. Get on their distribution list.
Website: The Prepper Journal
Proprietor and Ramrod: Pat Henry
Very comprehensive, easy-to-navigate site, with tons of valuable information. Well organized and presented in very low-key, accessible format--including unexpected lifestyle touches that you could spend all day browsing. Kudos to Pat, who warmly welcomed me in a personal email exchange when I signed up.
Website: The Organic Prepper
Commander in Chief: Daisy Luther
Sprawling, ambitious, informative resource with a strong current-events, political focus. Plenty of opinion mixed with vital prep information. Great emphasis on mind-set and "philosophy of prep" articles compared to other sites. You may not agree with everything you read but you will richer for the experience!
Website: Survival Sullivan
Commander in Chief: Dan Sullivan
I discovered Dan through his thoughtful, fine-focused firearm reviews. This is a great, uncluttered site. Info ranges from surviving nuclear armageddon to off grid living tips. You can feel Dan's concern and personal pride on every page.
SURVIVAL HEALTH INFO:
you CAN be both old AND healthy
as the world slides into TEOTWAWKI
(these books changed our lives)
Book: The Paleo Diet
Author: Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
See also Dr. Cordain's The Paleo Diet for Athletes, and The Paleo Answer. Dr. Cordain is considered one of the earliest pioneers of Paleo & Ancestral living. His work is refreshingly direct, and clearly presented. No hype here, just loads of well-researched guidance. Might be considered the "strictest" approach to Paleo, which is not a bad thing.
Book: The Primal Blueprint
Author: Mark Sisson
The book is wide-ranging, easy to read, one of the best all around resources. The site is a great clearinghouse for up-to-the minute Paleo lifestyle community tips and concerns. See also Mark's work on ketogenic dieting, The Keto Reset Diet
Book: The Whole 30
Authors: Melissa & Dallas Hartwig
Outstanding, simple and direct intro to the "anti-inflammatory" (Paleo) diet.) Wisely leaves the science to a companion book (It Starts With Food), making it easy for newbies to grasp basics and jump in with confidence. Me included.
Book: The Wahls Protocol
Author: Dr. Terry Wahls, MD
Dr. Wahl's own story of how she beat MS using Paleo and ketogenic dietary principles--and the implications for overcoming many other autoimmune diseases--is easy to read and too important (and well researched) to ignore. Look for the REVISED and EXPANDED version after March 2020.
Book: The Paleo Solution
Author: Robb Wolf
Engaging intro to Paleo, with emphasis on science and fitness. Robb's background as a biochemist really shines through. Robb is a breath of fresh air online too, offering tons of info in podcast format.
Book: Nourishing Traditions
Author: Sally Fallon
Sally is not a Paleo advocate per se, but offers so much clear, comprehensive nutritional advice in Nourishing Traditions that I could not put it down. Please read all the snippets, quotes and sidebars. Anyone thinking about processed food vs. whole foods needs this book--which also highlights the groundbreaking research of Weston A. Price (How the modern Western diet affects the health of ancestral/hunter-gatherer populations.)
Book: Paleo Principles
Author: Sarah Ballantyne Ph.D
Dr. Ballantyne, a medical biophysicist, has also written The Paleo Approach (and others) but I discovered her through this book. If you need the "fine print" on why Paleo works, this is your read--dense, encyclopedic, research- and citation-based. Includes an awesome list of actual studies that validate Paleo.
Book: Practical Paleo
Author: Diane Sanfilippo
Diane's overview of her journey to Paleo is passionate and compelling. I also appreciated her willingness to give helpful lists and repeat basic important principles throughout the text. A great Paleo starter book.
Book: The Paleo Cure
Author: Chris Kresser
Chris is an important Paleo and alternative health community figure as well as a functional medicine practitioner. His personal journey is very inspiring. I strongly recommend signing up for his super informative email updates.
Book: Primal Fat Burner
Author: Nora Gedgaudas
I really enjoyed Nora's own story (the wolves!) and her passionate, well-argued approach to a well-balanced-keto dietary approach. She deeply influenced my extended keto phase, and had the most useful, hands-on advice to give about achieving and sustaining healthy ketosis.