No Mercy: true stories of disasters, survival and brutality
I am chuffed. After purchasing the Crash Course years ago and all the fantastic information I have received since then from this site, to be able to bring something informative to your attention very pleasing.
I work as a field service technician on bleeding edge technology. I know how fragile our modern systems are. For years I have had concerns that any disruption to the "just in time" distribution systems could result in massive social breakdown.
I live near a regional city in New South Wales which is surrounded by broadacre farming, so 90% of all food is imported from outside the region. There is no local warehousing so the region really is only 3 days from starvation.
I have been watching the Prepper Movement and have made some preparations for me and my family. Hopefully I will never need them.
"No Mercy" has enlightened me as to potential dangers that have not been discussed in Prepper circles.
Read this week's New Yorker for a detail article on how 33 miners survived 69 days with little food & water 2400 feet below the surface. A harrowing tale reinforcing many of the points raised above by Oldvanman..
There was a story that popped up on the internet a few years ago from an alleged Bosnian survivor. Many disputed the validity of his story. He either went through it or did a fantastic job detailing his alleged experience. It told the tale of what it would take to survive in a collapsed situation. Most of us are not nearly ruthless enough to survive if it truly turns bad.
Another great resource is the movie "After Armageddon" and the tale of a family that struggles to survive when the systems all collapse.