Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents

Book Review: Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents
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The Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents is an expensive book, and it goes into a lot of detail – basically it is used as a text in various college level WMD classes.

There is a lot of half information about dealing with chemical and biological agents, and a lot of people buying equipment to protect their families without access to effective information to ensure they are spending their money of the right equipment.

You cannot seem to read a website about Chem-Bio without some rehash of the smells of certain chemical agents, but if you smell newly mowed hay or almonds – then you probably won’t last long enough to do anything about it…

As I said before, this book goes into a lot of depth, HOWEVER, if your concerned about WMD, then you may want to consider learning a little more than most people.

If you are worried about WMD (weapons of mass destruction) or CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) then you may want to get this book to learn about the things you are afraid of.  But I am not sure the price justifies the information for the general prepper.  I mean, the information is definitely worth the money, but there is a LOT more information in the book than most people need.

Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents works well with the chemical warfare agents book I also reviewed.

Beekeeper’s Handbook

Book Review: Beekeeper's Handbook
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It is no secret that I believe that if it is possible then every prepper out to have a beehive or two.

The uses of beeswax, honey, and propolis are almost endless, a hive produces items used for food, alcohol, medicine, light, and craft purposes.

My only concern with beekeeping is that there is a lot to learn.

The book Beekeeper’s Handbook helps with that, it is very accessible, has good illustrations, and has information for the new as well as the experienced beekeeper.

I use this book a lot in my attempts to keep bees, I will admit that while I enjoy watching the bees fly in and out of my hives, I really don’t enjoy beekeeping as much as I enjoy using the products of the hive.

I only bee keep for the preparedness and self-reliance aspects – its not a hobby or a profession with me.  So I welcome any help I can get.  Especially when the manuals I use give me what I need in a very concise manner without a lot of fluff.

I hope that the beekeeper’s handbook is useful to you, as I think it is a pretty good book.

The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook

Book Review: The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook
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This is a good complement to a disaster medicine library.  When I bought The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook I thought it was a listing of medicinal plants. I was wrong.

While there are some listings of specific plants and their uses, this book  deals with the mechanics of actually making medicine.

This book has very specific techniques to show you how to make tonics, poultices, creams, salves, and other preparations.

It also deals with harvesting, storage, and handling of medicinal plants.

While not what I was expecting, I am glad I purchased this book, as it gives information on the techniques of herbalism that is not easily found elsewhere.

If you are into bushcraft, herbalism, home healthcare, DIY, preparedness, or any other field where you may need herbal medicine you must have this book on your shelf.

Many older books on herbal medicine will tell you that a particular herb is good in a poultice or a tonic, or that it helps with a certain affliction.  This book tells you how to make a tonic, or what a poultice actually it.

It teaches you how and when to harvest, as well as how to store your herbs and prepare them.  As I said – this book is extremely useful as a preparation for hard times. (Especially with Obama care screwing up the medical system)

The Winter Harvest Handbook

The Winter Harvest Handbook
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The Winter Harvest Handbook is a bestselling that guide will help you extend your growing season.  It teaches how to build greenhouses and cold-frames, and is full of innovative techniques that are proven to help extend your growing season.

From the Amazon Description:

Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine.

Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.

Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.

Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman’s own farm.

His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.

A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.”