In the novel “One Second After”, by William Forstchen, an attack from an unknown enemy cripples the United States of America. In the story, an unidentified country attacks America with a high level nuclear EMP attack. The story reveals the struggles of a small North Carolina town to survive. America is sent back to the technology of the1860’s with all form of electronic devices destroyed and the electric grid rendered useless by the scientific principle know as the Compton Effect. This effect fries all non-protected electronic equipment with computer chips. Everything from refrigerators to calculators, anything that has micro-circuitry would be rendered useless.
Most people use search engines to gather information, encyclopedias are a relic from the past.
That Kindle you may have? Useless.
What is the answer? Books. Old fashioned printed books.
Knowledge is power, and books hold are the key to that power. At one time books were so expensive and rare that common people did not even see one in their lifetime. No single person can know everything, so we have a way of storing information without the need of electronic devices. The threat of disaster is real, it may or may not happen, but if it does – books are going to be worth their weight in gold. But what kind of books do we need to have?
If we go through my library you will find:
Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (thanks to my daughter for this book). This book has everything you need to know about how to grow anything green without chemicals and how to control pests naturally. This practical book is perfect for the prepper.
Putting Food By, written by Janet Green, Ruth Hertzberg, and Beatrice Vaughan is one of my favorites. This is a book that deals with preserving food the old fashioned way.. This delightful book is packed with ways to preserve food. Written in an unpretentious manor, it is easy to understand and is jam packed with simple, understandable recipes.
Another favorite, which I have read more than a few times is the U.S. Army Survival Handbook- Department of the Army by SGT. First Class Matt Larsen, this book is a must have. Everything you need and should know is in this book. The Sargent talks about the will to live, survival planning, survival medicine, making weapons and tools, and a host of other vital information.
I have numerous game cookbooks (Geraldine Steindler is excellent), soup cookbooks, cooking outdoor cookbooks, identifying edible plants and animal books.
I must have at least fifty how to books and not one of them relies on electric power.
Of course, my personal favorite book is the Good Book. Adding books to your prepper library should not be difficult nor expensive. Garage sales, gun shows, rummage sales, library sales, and flea markets are a great way to obtain books.
What books would you recommend? What is your favorite book? If you could have one book, what would it be? Drop me a line with your favorite prepper title for a future column.