TOOLS FOR SURVIVAL: What You Need to Survive When You’re On Your Own Book Review

TOOLS FOR SURVIVAL by James Wesley, Rawles

Tools for Survival Book

The book, Tools for Survival, by James Rawles has some good information for outdoorsman.

I enjoy reading and with both of my buck tags filled for the year, I’ve had some extra time to do so. I’ll read anything. Fiction, non-fiction, hunting and any other subject matter, I just really enjoy it. Last week, I came across a post from Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt. He wrote about some of the best hunting books there are, which got me to thinking. I wanted to read something outdoor related and came across this book about survival: Tools for Survival by James Wesley, Rawles.

Tools for Survival Book

Mr. Rawles is a New York Times best-selling author who has written another book about survival called, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know it. Now, just to clarify, I am not a prepper or survivalist, but I just find the subject interesting. Long-story short, Rawles new book is full of tons of advice about survival and even some great gun and trapping tips. Rawles was in the military and lives in an undisclosed location West of the Rocky Mountains, so apparently, the guy has some clout on this subject. He also started the #1 online prepper forum called

Prepper/Survivalist Book Review

This book is not just for preppers, there’s tons of great advice. Anybody that spends some time outdoors and could end up in a hairy situation could learn a thing or two and I’ve found it interesting leafing through the pages.

Here’s a little bit of information that I took away from the book so far:

  • A guide to food preservation: canning, dehydration and vacuum packing
  • How to start developing your own garden
  • The four important criteria for electrical and electronic equipment: necessity, efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness
  • How to prevent and fight fires on your property
  • Gun selection and basic guide to firearms, archery and knives
  • List of must-have materials in a well-stocked first aid kit

The first aid, and gun selection is what I found most interesting and that I think hunters would as well. If you’re bored this winter, pick up the book at your local library or get it on Amazon here. 


PJ Cashman

PJ is the co-founder of and is an avid hunter and lover of all things outdoors.

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