5 Comments on "Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival"

  1. Rarely do I feel the need to rip on an author, but this book almost required it. On the surface, the book teaches outdoor survival skills that do work. Some of his techniques are clearly not thought out and will not work. But others are time proven methods, rating it the sole star I gave it.

    Where it goes astray is, the overuse of a “I was taught by an indian chief” theme. First off it’s clear that no such thing ever happened to this guy. And second off, it comes out as just bizzare. “I Do not like to use too many of my green plant brothers.” (talking about using too many plants to get water). The text is constantly contradicting itself on the topic of respecting the environment, and then showing a technique that does all but destroy it. Finally his acting like an indian (when he so clearly is not, and has obviously had little contact with) is just absurd, bordering on the offensive to native americans.

    Don’t waste your time or money, I wish I hadn’t.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I returned this book after briefly thumbing through it. The subject matter is almost identical to Larry Dean Olsen’s “Outdoor Survival Skills”. In particular many of the drawings are renderings of the exact same photos in Larry’s book.

    Perhaps the authors worked together; if not, is is a shameless copy of the earlier book.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. buy it it will change how you view the wilderness, and how you view your place in it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. This book could’ve been cut down to two thirds it’s leangth if it wouldn’t have been so saturated in stories. Entertaining, but I needed information and pictures to apply the information. Unless you are a plant expert, this book is basically useless.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. This book has many far fetched tales and only a few good survival tips. The author talks alot about what seems to be a fictional character called stalking wolf and tries very hard to make him sound real. I liked a few of his shelter ideas and some of the traps, but there was nothing in this book i havent read before. If you want to read some interesting survival tales and dont care to learn survival skills, this will be a good book for you. my advice, look else where for a good survival handbook.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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