Review: The U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide: Plus Evasion & Recovery

By Jamie Alan Belanger on January 23, 2014 6:18 pm · 0 Comments

The U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide: Plus Evasion & RecoveryThe U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide: Plus Evasion & Recovery by United States Army

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is going to be a difficult book to review… I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t love it either. I found myself completing each section with more questions than answers. There are a lot of really interesting bits of information in this book that are presented in a series of checklists and bullet points. The problem I had with the book is that those little tidbits are pretty much all the book is. Every page is a series of bullet points that tell you, step-by-step, what you are supposed to do in each given situation. Like I said, that’s important; but there’s little to no explanation as to why each step is there. The book will tell you things like “don’t drink salt water,” but never explains what would happen if you did. The whole book looks like someone pasted a series of Powerpoint slides into Word and published it. As far as survival knowledge goes, this conciseness makes it a good and very portable guide for people who already know what they are supposed to be doing. Locate the right checklist and it will remind you of the proper procedures. I just need to find a companion to this that actually explains the reasoning behind the procedures lists.


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