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National Geographic joins with the American Red Cross, the U.S. Army, and the Boy and Girl Scouts to reveal the secrets of emergency survival—in any situation.

Beginning with the basics of survival, the book then focuses on how to survive in six of the world's most hazardous environments—from building a snow fort if you're lost in a blizzard, to surviving a rattlesnake bite in the desert, to navigating safely through the dense rainforest.

The manual also offers essential instructions for weathering eight different natural disasters, from hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes and forest fires, including a chapter on home-based survival. Plus, ten National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists candidly share their own near-death stories and how they lived to tell them.

Each chapter is full of detailed, custom-drawn illustrations that lay out how-tos in easy to follow steps. Bulleted lists, first-person stories, a glossary, cross-referencing, an appendix, and an index round out the reference features. With 200 color photographs and maps, and a durable, waterproof cover, this vital reference is a necessity for families, seniors, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who needs to know what to do in a real emergency situation.

Not available for shipment outside the U.S.


  • Softcover
  • 368 pages, 200 color photographs, 50 illustrations
  • 5" x 8"
  • © 2009


Needs Editing


The Complete Survival Manual is a great idea, but there are a number of places where the descriptive text needs illustrations to help the reader understand what is presented. For example, on page 114 "A-Frame Bed with Bamboo", a small illustration would help. Remember - not everyone who may need this manual will be experienced/competent/comfortable in the "wild". On page 113, reference is made to a "Camel Hitch" in the Appendix (page 342), there is no "Camel Hitch" shown in the Appendix. On page 145 under "The Humble Dandelion", the last paragraph is incomplete. The manual needs a complete and careful editing, do not assume people know what you are talking about. On the positive side there is a lot of very useful information presented.


Hayes, Virginia


Not what I expected


Do not buy this book


Bradenton Florida


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