Book Review: “One Second After”

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This book is a work of fiction that summarizes what an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) could do if detonated in the United States.  Think it can’t happen?  Read the US Government’s official report on an EMP attack by clicking here.  This could very well be the greatest threat we face.

Overview:

In the quaint North Carolina mountain town of Black Mountain, a retired Army Survival, bug out bag, solar storm, Colonel is living a peaceful life as a widowed professor with children when one day the lights go out and don’t come back on.  The power stops and so do all modern vehicles.  Through the next few days those in Black Mountain realize something much larger has happened.  What they eventually learn is that multiple EMP’s have gone off over the US and over other strategic countries around the globe.  Food supplies, water, medicine, communications and all utilities immediately stop.  Local leadership and good community spirit can bring a small town together or break it apart.

About the Author:

Although William Forstchen hasn’t written any books or manuals directly related to survival, this could be one of the most important books you could read.  Let’s hope an EMP or Solar Storm never happens, but if it does, this book outlines what could happen and gives you a lot to think about.  The author has co-written six books with Newt Gingrich, and this book features a forward by Mr. Gingrich as well.  With the growing popularity of “One Second After,” and the subject being discussed recently in the U.S. Senate, you begin and end reading with a feeling that this is a subject you need to think about.  Here is a quick tutorial of an EMP blast and how to prepare  (EMP 101).

Survival Lessons to be learned:

Without spoiling the book for you, we can tell you right now that you will learn several important lessons from this thought provoking book, including:

1. Length of Survival: Can you survive for multiple weeks, to include family members with medical needs? What about multiple months?

2. Modern Equipment: How much do you rely on electronics? Everything from coffee pots to ambulances might be immediately brought to a screeching stop.

3. Distance from home: If you are miles or time zones away from your well supplied home, what will you do?  What if you are separated from your family?  Is your vehicle ready?

4. Mechanical Aptitude: What skills do you have that would benefit your community in times of need?  What tools do you have that work without electricity?  Will fixing a personal computer issue be as important as fixing an automobile engine with a carburetor?

5. Who can help you: Local, State and Federal assistance may not come for weeks, months or longer. Are you ready?

6. Medical: Reliance on modern medicine is heavily focused on throughout this book. Some medical needs can’t prevent this so you need to look at how long your supply will last. An underlying issue is what you can do to prevent yourself from relying on modern medicine.

7. Self Defense: Could you defend your family and yourself in the middle of the night against someone that feels YOU have what THEY need to survive another day???

8. Hunting, Gathering and Farming: How much energy will you have tobug out bag, survival knife, urban survival, water purficiation, bushcraft expend to gather food and how many other people will be looking in the same area?  Can you hunt for small or large game for a few weeks? What about a few months?

9. Focused leadership: Leading a small group or a town is not easy. Is your small town or large city ready for a long-term disaster?

Favorite Part:

I couldn’t stop thinking about this scenario each day for about three to four week after completing the book. The whole book was very thought provoking, and while I may not have a favorite part, the book was very good.

Dislikes:

This book has some rather graphic detail and some strong language.  It is a great book, but I would not recommend it for young readers.

Conclusion:

One Second After” is a well written piece of literature, that we can learn a lot from.  After reading this book, you might have a different outlook on how the world works.  I would call it a must read for survivalist and preppers.

Click Here to buy it from Amazon.

By Greg T, Former US Army Armor Officer
Contributor to SurvivalCache

Afterword (from the book)

An EMP attack should not be viewed as a Cold War “bolt from the blue” but prepared for as an anticipated asymmetrical “bolt from the gray.”  We have been warned that our country is “vulnerable and virtually unprotected against an EMP attack that could damage or destroy civilian and military critical electronic infrastructure triggering catastrophic consequences that could cause the permanent collapse of our society.”  One second after an EMP attack, it will be too late to ask two simple questions.  What should we have done to prevent this attack and why didn’t we do it? - Captain Bill Sanders, United States Navy

Read a book like “Making the Best of Basics” to make sure your family is prepared for anything.

Photos by:
William Forstchen
Doctor Grymm

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Enron-Survivor February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Great book!!!!! I have read it as well, loved it.

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Josh February 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I really enjoyed it as well.

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Mary February 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I agree-this is a great book. I've already read it twice–it really makes you think!

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Greg_T February 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

Glad to see others out there enjoy this book as much as I did.

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badvoodoodaddy February 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

I bought a copy of this book and have read it at least four times already. I love it. It shows how things are probably going to be if something goes wrong. It makes you think about a lot of things and how life might change. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with any doubts about why they need to prepare.

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Minarchist_1776 February 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm

There is a science fiction book out that people may want to read. The author is S.M. Stirling and the title is, "Dies the Fire". In that book he goes into great and meticulous detail about all the problems caused by a massive EMP event. Granted that the book is science fiction, and the event in question is a little more than "just" EMP, but he does an excellent job of looking at the survival aspects and portraying what a lot of the likely consequences are should the electrical power grid and all electrical and electronic items go away.

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Suburban Survivalist February 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

"Dies the Fire" is not about EMP, it portrays a world where physical laws are abrogates and electricity, gunpowder, and most other forms of energy technology no longer work. Guns don't work, steam engines don't work, solar doesn't work, etc. Not very useful for survivalists.

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Minarchist_1776 February 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

I would beg to disagree, simply because it places a lot of the emphasis on the gyrations one needs to go through to get farms up and running starting from almost nil. Besides, whether or not the physical laws still work is moot when you can't repair enough of the infrastructure fast enough to keep people from dying of thirst and starvation. The end result is going to be the same.

Regardless, I picked up Forstchen's book last night and read it in one sitting. All in all a pretty good book, though there is an extent to which I suspect he was a little optimistic.

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CaptBart February 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I tend to think anything that causes you to think about how to function without modern technology is a good thing. One of the reasons I like 'oat operas' is in the good ones (Louis LAmour is my favorite) the details are very useful. It also helps identify the big holes. For me, a worry is primers for my ammo. I can make rounds and black powder (a good reason to have 'cowboy' guns and lots of folks don't take them seriously – ask Custer and the 7th about that) and reuse my cases but primers are beyond my ability. Got a bunch but is it enough?
I'll look up the book – I like Sci-Fi as well so it should be a good read.

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Minarchist_1776 February 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

Primers are problematic. You either need to be able to manufacture fulminate of mercury or the type of phosphorus used for the strike anywhere match heads. Neither one of those being compounds that I would like to idly experiment with. Black powder can be tricky enough if you're not real careful.

Unless you can solve the primer problem you're probably looking at going back to flintlocks, though it might be that some sort of electrical/electronic system could be used. Granted that would be moot if one were dealing with an EMP type scenario, but it might be workable in other situations.

Combat_Medic February 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

CaptBart I have a book that shows how to make primers out of used primer cups and match heads. I know this sounds hinkey but this is a special forces manual. Improvised Munitions Black Book Volume 1. Found it on Amazon for 7 bucks. This might help you. Although I have never tried it.

Suburban Survivalist February 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Sorry, I found it to be an unrealistic, anti-Christian, Wiccan's wet dream. Getting farms up and running is great, but doing away with the laws of physics negated a lot of the usefulness of that book for me. Guns/steam engines/solar not working? Useful? Really? No. Maybe 10 years after when most ammo is gone and electronics have malfunctioned, but not right after an "event."

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CaptBart February 21, 2011 at 8:42 am

I've not read the book, I don't know but it sounds like the same kind of thing as the 'World without people' series. HOW the people went away isn't addressed, only what would happen without people to support the technology. Some interesting problems show up – the same problems that would occur post TEOTWAWKI. If the book continuously suspends the laws of physics then perhaps it isn't much help. On the other hand, if it demonstrates events that might happen should our technology go away for what ever reason, it could prove valuable. I don't read 'fantasy' stories because 'magic' doesn't interest me since it is an excuse to not deal with reality. I'll suspend believe on a few things for a good story but to constantly have to ignore the laws of physics is more than I'm willing to do.

Suburban Survivalist February 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

"One Second After" is a favorite of mine. However, the effects of and EMP are really unknown and debatable. Still if even only half of vehicles/devices ceased to function, I'd bet the outcome would be about the same.

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CaptBart February 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

EMP is probably better understood than most realize. Part of this is deliberate – why would I explain the effects to someone who might want to use such a weapon – and part is because some of the physics involved is rather esoteric. My only comment is that it is a lot more insidious than most think. In some ways it is like water, if there is anyplace it can get through, it will. A Faraday cage can and will protect electronics but if there is any hole (electronically speaking) in the cage the EMP will get in and do its damage.

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Suburban Survivalist February 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Yeah, "really unknown" was an over statement. The propagation effects of an actual EMP on modern vehicles/devices over longer distances is where the "unknown" comes to play. For example would the burst over the middle of CONUS, say in Kansas, of the SCUD in a bucket scenario really affect that much along the coasts? In One Second After it was a total kill of modern vehicles on the east coast, but that's not certain, especially from greater distances. Again, overall effect probably the same – TEOTWAWKI.

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CaptBart February 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Agreed. Part of the problem is that modern warheads can be designed to 'focus' the blast (on a nuclear device the 'back blast' from that would be huge by itself) in a general area. Other 'enhancements' as well as yield and atomic or nuclear all play a role. Add to than uncertainties as to height of burst and atmospherics and it can get dicey. Given the unknown level of expertise of the makers, who knows? Add to that Edward Teller's fear that the first blast would ignite the atmosphere ( there is actually a finite, non zero probability that that will happen on any airborne explosion – the math told the Manhattan project team that their blast couldn't do it) and an air burst at the wrong place and time would change a SHTF into TEOTWAWKI (perhaps just the end of the inhabitable world – period) in a heartbeat. Just in case you needed something else to worry about.

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Tidermike14 February 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

A little off subject, but I have just found this site and have been mulling over getting prepared for a while now. I have started gathering some gear and such, but I have really been intrigued by the fire starting material and way to start a fire. I posted a question under one of those articles, but I don't think anyone is posting on them anymore. My question, cottonballs and vaseline, do you just coat the outside? Great site and I am learning a lot.

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Andrew February 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Yes you want to just coat the outside. When you are ready to use fluff up the center of one until some dry fibers are exposed. Then strike your spark into that. It does not burn incredibly hot but it can and will get fires goin.

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CaptBart February 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Sorry we missed your other post and welcome to the discussions. I troll back though the older threads and post once in a while myself but often don't know if anyone is still reading them. Andrew's answer is spot on. If you have one of the magnesium fire starters, a little magnesium in the dry cotton fibers – then the spark gets the magnesium, the magnesium gets the cotton, the cotton gets the Vaseline and bingo – fire. you can even get a cotton ball to burn while floating on water; fun demo for the kids and a proof for yourself that this stuff works. Again, welcome aboard and join the discussions. You might ask just the right question we all need to hear.

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GettingReady February 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I just want to add that you should practice with starting fires. I have been practicing this winter starting fires in my fireplace and have found that my practice could save my life in an emegency. I am keeping my cotten balls in vasoline in a beef jerky can like the Skoal cans. You want to keep them dry and also be able to use all of the vasoline inside the container for blisters and other things besides fire starting. My kids are also having fun watching and learning . And like you I am new to this site and learning a lot also.

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Jason February 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I melted the vaseline on the stove and let the cotton balls soak it all up, can't remember where I read to that but it worked great. And then also wrapped one in foil, pulled out a little piece and burnt it like a candle. It burned for about a half hour. Coating the outside should do it, but why not soak it all up and let it burn for awhile.

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Janice June 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I am so glad you asked that question. I was wondering that myself . I love this site . Learning alot thats for sure . I have been prepping for a few years but learning new stuff all the time

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knightrider November 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

hey tidermike14 i found that if you will pull the cotton balls apart alittle and then rub the vaseline in until they are saturated .then roll them back into balls . all you have to do is pull a little peice away from the ball like a wick it will start faster i have found that they will burn roughly 5 to 10 mins even in wet weather. i keep a large water-tight med bottle approximately holding 25to35 balls in all my b.o.b.'s and one in every tote, bag or whatever you use to keep your gear in also atleast one box of water-proof matches, and a bic lighter.that way if you get seperated from all but one (container) you can still cook and stay warm! If you have room you can add 1 to 2 15 min. road flares to each with these you can start a fire in a down-pour. plus many other use's!! hope this intel helps

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GettingReady February 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Insurance Companies and an EMP. I have asked my ins agent if I have coverage in the event of an EMP on my trucks and home. She said my home is covered in the event of a power surge from the utilty line into our home, but anything else inside might not be covered. As far as vehicles are concerned she cannot get an answer out of the corporate office. I would be interested to here what other ins agents are saying to their customers.

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CaptBart February 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

Actually, I didn't bother to ask. I think that an EMP strike would be bad enough if done correctly that the insurance companies would simply fold rather than try to pay back trillions in claims. If of course the claims could be processed at all without electricity. Remember, a well designed EMP attack will have effects lasting years if not decades. Regardless of what your Insurance Rep said (please note EMP would be either an Act of War if an air burst or An Act of God if a CME) she didn't say you were covered by EMP. She said a power surge. I'd bet you'll find some kind of escape clause and that is assuming there would be a way to file a claim.

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Combat_Medic February 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I just finished the book. It's a real eye opener. I really enjoyed it.

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guest February 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I think what everyone misses with the EMP is the only way to produce a large blast is through a nuclear explosion. Personally I would be much more worried about that than the effects of the EMP. There have been experiments with trucks pre and post 1982 (?) where computers became standard. From what I remember most trucks were unaffected, a small percent shut off but could be restarted, and only 2 or 3 had to be towed. To actually surge every piece of electonic equipment in a radius of an nuclear blast one would have to hope the equipement actually survived the explosion.

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CaptBart February 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

Your information is correct as far as it goes but it is incomplete. If does take a nuclear or atomic event for man to make a large scale EMP. Small scale stuff is much easier to make; there are experiments using "Low" power pulse generators to shut down cars, etc. You can buy them on-line even.
Nuclear weapon blast and indirect radiation (fall out) effects are minimized when the weapon is to be used as an EMP generator. Best altitudes for coverage tend to be above 50 miles depending on weapon size. Maximum blast effect occurs with detonation near ground level and you are correct, EMP from such an event is much reduced in coverage.
The problem with the EMP tests in the 80's is that the assumed EMP levels were for standard warheads in a standard attack profile. Create a warhead and use it to maximize EMP and the numbers go way up.
The other, perhaps larger problem is the solar storm of 1859, also known as the Solar Superstorm, or the Carrington Event. This occurred in Solar Cycle 10 and is the biggest known solar storm. It started fires in telegraph offices due to the EMP.

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guest February 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

I agree fully that an EMP from a solar storm is a concern and should be prepared against. I have a small Faraday box that I keep a flashdrive and a few flashlights/radios in. And yes, a nuclear EMP has less fall out than a tactical nuke.

The point that I was trying to make but never actually said was that the easiest way to make a large scale EMP is through nuclear technology. The EMP is actually more difficult to make compared to a tactcal fission bomb, but not sure about a fusion bomb (the timing is pretty impressive). For a group that would actual use this technology for evil it would make much more sence to use a tactical nuke, both in ease of making/detonating as well as a larger desired effect.

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CaptBart February 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

You wrote "it would make much more sence to use a tactical nuke". From a military point of view this is probably correct. A lot depends on what your total goal is. The 9-11 attacks made no sense at all militarily and they flubbed the attack on the Pentagon – it was only partially successful as the suicide murderer bounced into the ground before hitting his target. It was about propaganda and religious zeal, not about good strategy. It is hard to think like an enemy you consider irrational. There were some discussions before 9-11 about GPS technology making it possible to use aircraft as cruise missiles because the pilot could set the target and bail out. Suicide was not considered. A zealot might go for an EMP attack at places he thinks will provide maximum effect to support his cause even if there were other possible attacks that would be more effective. Terror is about terror, not military victory.

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guest February 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

I can see how yes, on a small scale against a specific target yes, an EMP would be very effective. Even one of the small EMPs that you already mentioned could be used against military bases or aircraft carriers. I just personally believe that for a large scale terrorist action it would be a lot more effective to use a tactical nuke. I understand that they are trying to prove a point and invoke a sense of fear and unstability, but an EMP could not do that on the scale that total destruction could. If they shut down all elections in NY for a week, it would be news and generally affect the public, but would not have nearly the outcry that a one megaton nuke would have in the same location. Thats just my opinion. I believe seeing the devastation of a nuclear explosion on home soil would instill a greater national fear than a loss of electronics and one or 12 cities.

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guest February 24, 2011 at 10:35 am

Great book got me pretty scared. I found this website with lots of Electromagnetic Pulse (solar or nuclear) info techprotectbag.com they're selling these bags with military specs that say they can protect your electronics from and EMP.

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CaptBart February 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

The techprotectbag is a good idea, much like the anti-static bags for CMOS solid state stuff. It is a good idea with a "but" attached. It is useful for protecting against isolated EMP attacks. If we are talking about a Carrington event and I have the only working radio on the planet, I've wasted my money.
Don't let things like EMP worry you. It can not (at levels we've ever seen on earth or in our solar system at least) physically harm you. The EMP induces currents in conductors that are large enough to destroy sensitive electronics. Interestingly enough, a diesel is essentally immune if you can get it started. The problem EMP presents is that it could damage or destroy the computer controlled switches for power grids and pipelines. The most likely results would be that we are back to late 1800's America. We would be much like the Amish – in fact they might not notice it had happened. There would be a disruption, but if you are prepared then survival is quite possible. I don't want to belittle a serious problem, but I also don't want anyone making decisions based on fear. You can spend a lot of money protecting electronics that will have no use after TSHTF and not have the things that will get you through the first year. Live that first year and you stand a good chance of making it through. Keep it in your planning but don't let fear paralyze you.

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Minarchist_1776 February 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Actually, it depends on when the diesel was made. Modern diesels have just as much if not more electronics in them than regular cars do anymore. Older diesels, however, are just about bullet proof. Because they use a higher compression ratio than gasoline engines do they tend to be designed in a more robust manner and you can usually get a lot longer use life out of a diesel than a gasoline engine. Other advantages of diesels are that if you know what you are doing you can get them to run on almost any liquid that can burn, and they are more fuel efficient than regular gasoline engines when burning the fuels they are designed for. One thing to be aware of though, diesels are more susceptible to starting problems if you leave them out in cold weather for extended periods of time.

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CaptBart February 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Spot on and thank you for the correction. I agree completely. Once you get the older diesel started you have to either shut off the fuel or dump the compression to stop it. One other thing is that diesel fuel stores longer than gasoline. I don't have much knowledge on bio-diesel. I know it is possible but I haven't looked at it – my problem is that I picked up much of my equipment before considering this so it is all gasoline. If I now switch to diesel I have to double stockpile fuel. It might still be worth it; I just have not decided yet. I'm thinking of a truck in the fall and it will probably be a diesel.

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Minarchist_1776 February 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Also be aware that if you are going to be putting a full load in your diesel pickup truck, a diesel will not "engine brake" the way a gasoline engine will. That is why big rigs have "Jake brakes" installed in them. The smaller diesel vehicles do not. So when you are going down hill with a full load it is your regular vehicle brakes that are doing *all* the work of keeping your speed down.

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CaptBart February 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I was not aware of that – seems I have much to learn about diesels. Thank you, sir, for the warning.

badt44 March 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

I try to read all the info avaliable, and this is by far the best I have found. It is a real eye opener. I live only minutes away from the location and it is very authentic.

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Working on preps! May 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

I live in Western NC close to where this story takes place. Since reading this book I have not viewed the I-40 corridor from Morganton to Asheville the same. Driving home from Charlotte the other day I was constantly asking myself "what would I do if an EMP exploded right at this moment?" Very thought prevoking…………

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TacDaddyRick May 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Awesome Book – it blew me away (and I needed it)! In my all-time Top 10 – should be in EVERY Preparedness Library… the Psychological/Emotional prep that this Book gives to every reader is Critical. When TSHTF & TEOTWAKI comes, shock-depression and total breakdowns can all be avoided by addressing the feelings now – and working through them… very, very beneficial!

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Cyber_Samurai June 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Like everyone here, I, too, have read this book. I strongly believe that everyone in America should read this book, but I doubt that they'd like it very much afterward. It does, indeed, have a great deal of graphic detail that most folks would find distasteful.

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Jen July 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Great book.

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Displaced2 July 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I liked this type of book and found one with a similar scenario, but based on a solar event causing EMP. It was called Preppers Road March by Ron Foster

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squiddy1 October 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Love your review and will buy the book tomorow, My greatest fear has always been an EMP ,
September 11 2001 was a one trick pony , They got us as we were sitting on the toilet, Now that wont happen because too many people that fly and see or hear anything suspicous will kick ass first and talk to homeland security later.
It is 2011 An EMP goes off and it may as well be 1811. We need to milk ourselves off technology as much as realisticaly possible and get back in to a mind set of relying on ourselves and family and IMHO a Reverance To God Almighty and the blessings he has given us.

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squiddy1 October 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I have just finished reading this book ,my motto is " Beware of the man that thinks they know it all, They just showed you their weakest point". After reading this book I come to two glaring conclusions 1) I am very well prepared for just about any thing 2) I need to be a whole lot more prepared than I thought .
This book caused me to think about certain things that frankly Ive never thought of .I guarentee no matter how much you have or how much you know I rank this book 3rd on my list Behind 1) The Bible and 2) Myke Hawkes Special forces survival handbook as a must read and a must reread and keep with you at all times book that not only can save you and your families life but perhaps our Nation as well.

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swsmiss November 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

great priority reading list :)

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cdreese January 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

One of the best books i ever read, and really got me thinking about my emergency preparedness, the story really drove home the grim reality of notbeing prepared and didnt sugar coat anything. trying to get my wife to be read it she thinks im paranoid now

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Brian January 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

another great book that ive read is by S. M. Stirling called Dies The Fire. Its the first of a series, but the first 3 or 4 books really deal with life as we know it being completely changed. It really got me thinking about this stuff and led me to find web sights like this one. I highly recommend it.

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Travis January 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

This is an excellent book, highly recomend it. Another few good books (series) are "Life As We Knew It", "The Dead And The Gone" and "This World We Live In" by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Not 100% realistic but still very good survival theme, teotwawki books

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billharrison50 August 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

There is a new EMP simulator that lets you see how strong the EMP pulse might be at your home. It is online at a site called http://www.empcover.com.

Pretty interesting, since it lets you adjust the size of the bomb and the location of the blast.

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It seems to me that one second aftr is a great book. I am gonna collct his.

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sultan April 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I'm about 70% into the book so far, I think its a must read. Lots & Lots of great tips.
To the guys who don't like Rawles, Temple Your not going to agree with everyone all the time but there is a lot of useful info in it..

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Roger February 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I haven't read this book yet so I don't know who was held to blame for the EMP. Yes, my paranoia is showing but has anyone considered that the U.S. or other major countries (or maybe several together) could use EMP-producing or neutron-producing (anti-living tissue) nuclear weapons world-wide on purpose to establish control of their populations and/or wipe out enemy populations. Many military vehicles and bases are said to be hardened against EMP, so wipe out our major sources of communication, transportation, water and food delivery systems, etc. and the vast majority of the population will be at their mercy (or lack of). These weapons may already be poised to be launched/dropped from satellites; do we really know what's up there? Or, maybe a biological weapon would be more likely; just paranoia (maybe)! Are primitive life skills looking better now! Good Luck!

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CaptBart February 23, 2011 at 7:32 am

Thank you for the tip. I see them on Amazon – looks popular, they're up to $12 for volume 1. It looks to be a 3 volume series. Have you read them? Recommendations? This is the kind of stuff I'd want to try with strict safety measures before I needed it. I know an Scottish parson invented the cap but frankly, I'm a lot more afraid of fulminate of mercury than he apparently was. (history side note – as I understand it the good parson got tired of the birds seeing the pan flash and flying off before he could shoot them so he invented the cap to replace the pan and flint. Talk about unintended consequences – his desire for more birds lead to the invention that allowed cartridges and hence machine guns.)

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Combat_Medic February 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

I have tried a few things in the book but not the primers. I am really not into reloading but that book is full of interesting stuff. I have tried the homemade pistol in a .22 for saftey reasons. It worked great. The book I have does recomend saftey measures with each project. From what I read in the book it just uses an old primer and places ground up match tips in the cup to pruduce a spark. This book has alot of dangerous info in it so proceed with care. But when SHTF it will be usefull info.

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