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I have read his novel, "The Patriot" and loved it because it has inspired me to start making common sense and methodical moves to be more prepared. I am in no panic about our current state of affairs..but I am concerned and realize that a meltdown is certainly possible, probably a little more so now than in any other time in my life of 32 years.

His other publication that I highly recommend and am in the process of reading is "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know it". It is a how to manual. I highly recommend reading the novel first and then supplementing it with the how to book.

After comparing several 'schools of thought' on preparedness I feel Rawles has the best approach...but more than his approach he has amassed the most expansive amount of knowledge and information in a database that is usable. He maintains the excellent survival blog at Survivalblog dot com.

However, he strongly and wisely, promotes the Idaho, Montana, Wyoming area as the BEST place to survive long term because of the low population density. Obviously this is not feasible for most of us in Mississippi so we have to adapt alot of what he says for our region. Most of his precepts still hold true for us, but a few do not such as extreme cold weather situations. Our dangers come more from extreme heat and a more populated region. Mississippi is still largely a rural state, and the single most severe danger in a survival situation comes from other HUMAN BEINGS! Remoteness is your friend and that is central to Rawles theories and I agree with him strongly!

Check out his sight, and others, and with our collective know how we can assemble a fine Mississippi specific survival database of knowledge.
 

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I have this book too. There are a few things that are impractical or don't make sense like making your bug out vehicle out of a dodge powerwagon - and all but obselete vehicle where you won't find any parts for and most that survive today are collectibles. Chevy and Fords are more common for parts. Otherwise, there is a wealth of info in the book. Not good literary prowess but good info.

Regarding idaho, I would love to live there too, but from my research, the land there is outrageously priced and sparse making it impractical to set up shop there for we poor folk. As in the book as in reality it takes several bodies to secure even a modest sized property. Without that support you're a sitting duck for any half organized party of thieves. No matter where you are, communities have to attempt to work together to secure any place. Most people don't like to get raped, pillaged, and burned out, so they will likely cooperate in any security plans.
 
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