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PRAISE FOR THE ULTIMATE SUBURBAN SURVIVALIST GUIDE
"A field guide for surviving the end of life as we have come to comfortably know it. It's an achievement not undertaken lightly or by many in the field, and thus worth your time to read."?ADDISON WIGGIN, Executive Publisher, Agora Financial, LLC, and author of I.O.U.S.A and Financial Reckoning Day Fallout
"From gardens to guns, Sean covers every major topic you need to get on the path toward self-sufficiency. I laughed. I learned. I loved it!"?NILUS MATTIVE, Editor, Weiss Research's Dividend Superstars, and author of The Standard & Poor's Guide for the New Investor
"A level-headed and firsthand approach to preparing readers for societal shifts that are already underway. Read it and take your notes well."?ANDREW WILKINSON, Director of Media Communications, Interactive Brokers
"Sean manages to take the actual 'boots on the ground and fingers in the dirt' research that he is famous for and marry it to technical analysis and make it entertaining, thought-provoking, and profitable, all at the same time."?TOM JEFFRIES, Howestreet.com
"A concise and easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide to not only surviving but even thriving in the new economy. A financial and day-to-day primer for the new economic reality, a must-read for anyone who wants practical solutions and real answers."?KEVIN KERR, Editor, Kerr Commodities Watch
The time to plan for any crisis is before it happens. In The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide, author Sean Brodrick of Weiss Research shows you the simple things you can do today to prepare for an uncertain future and prosper under even the toughest economic conditions.
About the Author
Sean Brodrick is Weiss Research's small-caps specialist, especially in natural resources, and is the editor of the company's Red-Hot Global Small-Caps and Red-Hot Commodity ETFs. He is a regular contributor to the daily investment e-newsletter Uncommon Wisdom Daily (www.uncommonwisdomdaily.com), a contributing columnist to Dow Jones MarketWatch, and a weekly guest on Canada's HoweStreet.com. Recognized for his expertise in natural resources, innovative savings, and investment opportunities, Brodrick has been featured on many financial talk shows, including CNBC's Squawk Box, Fox Business, CNN, The Glenn Beck Program, Your World with Neil Cavuto, and Bloomberg MarketLine.
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How is this book different from others on this topic? After reading it, it seemed to me that the author had read the most popular books in the genre, eliminated the impractical bits, collected all the good and relevant insights, and then put it all in an easy-to-read, friendly language. There is no annoying political agenda here (many books tend to be right-wing libertarian or left-wing anticorporate eco-new-age) - just a pragmatic description of how things work in today's economy or during a disaster. There is no gear and guns obsession in this book, nor fear mongering, nor advice on how to build a sustainable bamboo house :) Yes, there are so many quirky annoyances in many books in this genre, that this one is a breath of fresh air. There are also little puns and jokes here and there, which make this book more fun to read.
The author wrote this for urban and suburban middle class folks. The book basically tells you how to continue living your life, with minor modifications so you are better prepared for hard times. This book is not about "hard core survival" in rural areas.
Topics covered in this book (pretty comprehensive):
- Likely short and long term disasters (fire, flood, future oil crisis, financial instability)
- Examples of how societies dealt with crises, e.g. Katrina, collapse of Soviet Union, Cuba, Argentinean financial crisis
- Personal finances and big economic trends (demographics, energy, water, etc) you may want to exploit (the author does not push any specific stocks or funds, just gives you ideas and directions, plus explains how to use Yahoo Finance and other tools for doing your own research)
- Gold and precious metals investing (this is one of the sanest discussion of precious metals I have come across anywhere; basically, you may want to put ~10% of your holdings in precious metals as an inflation and currency devaluation protection, at least in present day)
- Water storage and purification
- Food storage at home, with surprising detail about various storage and preservation techniques, cooking without electricity, etc
- Shopping tips for saving money on daily stuff
- Gardening in your back yard
- Health, medicine, first aid
- Home security (yes, discusses guns here, but again in a sane and low key way)
- Books and education resources for times when you are off the grid, need to keep your kids occupied, etc
- Transportation and evacuation
The author does a splendid job of covering big economic trends and financial advice, combined with more traditional survival topics like food storage or off-grid living. Each chapter has a handy "least you can do" checklist at the end.
Are there any shortcomings? Yes but nothing major. There are no pictures in the book (besides a couple of financial charts). It is so wrapped up in current events (mentions Obama, Bernanke, current trade relations with China etc) that it may look dated in a few years. Also, given its size, the book does no cover the topics in huge depth, so for big topics like first aid, investing, personal and home safety you are better off following up with other resources.
Just as this book says you are on your own and you can make it easy on yourself with a little forethought. The book is well organised, covers a lot of ground and has references to a lot of internet reading material. Its written in an easy style and isn't a rabid survivialist manual. Perfect for a kindle which I'll be grabbing as I run out the door.
There are chapters on survival preparation, lessons learned during hurricane Katrina, items that would be useful should we have a natural or man-made disaster, food storage, health considerations, home security, transportation issues during a crisis, and on & on.
Extremely useful as a reference and well worth the money. Highly recommended.
One of the most valuable things about this book for me was its upbeat tone. These days the media waves tend to be long on doom and gloom but short on constructive, positive advice for the average person. It's not that Sean pulls his punches--some of the problems coming down the pike are potentially big and wicked scary--but he doesn't just leave his readers hanging. There's still a lot we can each do to not only prepare ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighborhoods for any emergency, but also improve the quality of our lives in the process. The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide was a refreshing change. In a world where most people are just arguing about the problems, Sean steps up to the plate and, with this book, tries to help us all prepare for, survive, and thrive from them. A must read.