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  • Mon, May 14, 2018 - 06:16pm


    Adam Taggart

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    The Definitive PP Bookshelf Thread

At the recent 2018 Peak Prosperity annual seminar, we put out a table with many of the books we deem essential for understanding the Three Es and/or developing the skills that will be needed to cope with them.

We then invited the audience to let us know what other books they felt should be included.

The list of books is below.

What other titles do you think should be on this list? Let us know in the Comments section.

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 - 07:36pm



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    Book Em Danno

Maybe these:


This Time is Different

Permaculture: A designers Manual

Edible Forest Gardens VOL 1-2

The Forager’s Harvest

Native American Ethnobotany

Wild Fermentation:The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live Culture Foods


  • Mon, May 14, 2018 - 07:46pm


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    A few books I’d add to the list

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Davis and Davis.  Another member of the community here recommended this years ago.  I now consider this an essential home “first aid” item.  If I have any sort of annoying soft tissue pain I will go to this book first, before aspirin or a doctor.  The information in it is generally all I need to deal with the issue.

How Not to Die by Michael Greger.  Again another member recommended this and I’ve found it to be a fantastic book for information on diet and nutrition as it relates to disease prevention and cure.  All of his info is backed up with the scientific studies to support it.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez.  I’ve linked to the newly updated 2018 version which I admit I haven’t read yet.  I’ve had, and lent away (and never returned), the older versions.  This is the book that got my financial house in order and essentially started the modern day financial independence movement.  It helps you learn to find fulfillment and what “enough” is rather than always seeking more money and stuff.  I saw many parallels between the ideas in this book and “Prosper” (which should probably also be on this list along with “The Crash Course”.

The Forager’s Harvest, Nature’s Garden, Incredible Wild Edibles all by Samuel Thayer.  It’s best to think of these as 3 volumes in a set on wild edible foods.  I hope he writes more!  I’ve been studying wild edible plants for many years now and Thayer’s books are hands down the absolute best I’ve found raising the bar of what to expect from foraging books by a large margin!  He gives in depth accounts of the plants based both on research and always extensive personal experience.  He also injects personal stories about each plant covered.  This part may seem insignificant on the surface but what he’s doing is transforming the subject from something rather dry and academic.  His stories begin to restore a culture around wild foods.  In past times we would have learned this knowledge from family and friends through the natural course of growing up, learning such stories from them.  That method of knowledge transference is essentially broken now.  Sam’s works start the process of bringing back that culture while also providing the essential information needed to find, harvest, and process the plants he covers.  While he is based in Wisconsin many of the plants he writes about can be found throughout the US.

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 - 08:24pm



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    I got one!

I have the sense that most people who hang around here have at least recognized the limits of the reductionist paradigm.  A great introduction to the replacement paradigm is  Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows (one of the Limits to Growth authors)

Along similar lines, I found The Web of Life by Fritjof Capra a very accessible introduction for anyone transitioning from a reductionist world view to a systemic one.  He’s one of the Bioneers folks now.  I hear is newer book, The Systems View of Life is good but I have not read it myself.

And since foodies and permies made the list, I was surprised not to see any titles by Joel Salatin, especially since he’s been a guest.  I haven’t read all of his books so you can pick one.

There, after lurking here for so many years I finally pulled the trigger on a comment!  Just before you’re coming to my home town of Denver … and I won’t be here that day 🙁  


  • Mon, May 14, 2018 - 09:01pm



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    Need a RIGHT BRAIN booklist, too

Adam, that is quite a lofty intellectually demanding book list you have there!  Maybe we need a RIGHT BRAIN book list too.  The RBBL list might include stories of collapse, survival and lowbrow adventure.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle–the true story of a family that moved to a 5 acre farm in Virginia and decided to grow their own food.  They had a difficult year.

Survivors by James Wesley Rawles, a military man’s perspective on the challenge of living in a collapsed society.  The protagonist is a soldier stationed in Afghanistan and must work his way home to America and his family in New Mexico. 

Patriots by James Wesley Rawles, a military man’s perspective on the Idaho retreat and small community dynamics.

Alas, Babylon a small town in Florida adapts to life after a nuclear exchange wipes out most of the big cities.

L.A. Dark (Jeremy’s Run Book 1), a bunch of young adults living in LA discover the difficulties of living a primitive live in a big city that has no food or water and 12 million freaked out people.  The work to escape the LA basin.

Once Upon An Apocalypse, The Journey Home  –businessman / prepper is out of town when the EMP hits and he must make his way home.

Dark Titan Journey, Sanctioned Catastrophe  Caught 2,000 miles from home, our hero must make his way back to Idaho to his family and retreat.  Along the way he rescues and befriend people who become his traveling companions.  He teaches them wood craft, tactics, medicinal plants, etc.

Walking In The Rain:  Surviving the Fall  The protagonist is a 16 yo HS science student in Chicago when the lights go out.  He must work his way cross country living off the land towards his family homestead in Oklahoma.  Fortunately, his father trained him in camping, hunting, setting snares, fishing and escape and evasion.  This was one of my favorite series.

  • Tue, May 15, 2018 - 12:09am



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    A few more

1. Nuclear War Survival Skills


2. FM 21-10 Field Hygiene and Sanitation


  • Tue, May 15, 2018 - 06:45am



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    Yet more book suggestions

This list could become very long indeed. It needs a few non-US-centric entries too.

Original and brilliant: E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful.

Joseph Pearce, Small is Still Beautiful. Written 25 years later, a good contemporary reminder of Schumacher’s thesis.

Martin Adams, Land, A New Paradigm for a Thriving World. Posits that all land should be held communally and rent paid to the community, not to a rentier class. Seems to address the old town planning concept of capturing betterment.

Fiona J. Houston, The Cottage Garden Diaries, My Year in the Eighteenth Century. Lived the 1790s way of life in Scotland. Experimented with recipes, sewing, gardening. Glad when it ended.

Now some books for Oz.

Lolo Houbein, One Magic Square. Grow your own food on one square metre.

Lolo Houbein, Outside the Magic Square. A handbook for food security.

David Holmgren, RetroSuburbia, The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future. An excellent, excellent book, full of practical ideas, wisdom, how-to’s, diagrams, pictures, etc. Soon to go into its third printing.

You’ll need some gardening guides relevant to your various local areas. In my case:

  • Yates Garden Guide. 100 years of Australia’s best-selling practical gardening guide.
  • The Canberra Gardener. Celebrating 75 years of gardening in Canberra.


  • Tue, May 15, 2018 - 10:45am

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    Only Books?


I was born in a drouth year. That summer
my mother waited in the house, enclosed
in the sun and the dry ceaseless wind,
for the men to come back in the evenings,
bringing water from a distant spring.
veins of leaves ran dry, roots shrank.
And all my life I have dreaded the return
of that year, sure that it still is
somewhere, like a dead enemys soul.
Fear of dust in my mouth is always with me,
and I am the faithful husband of the rain,
I love the water of wells and springs
and the taste of roofs in the water of cisterns.
I am a dry man whose thirst is praise
of clouds, and whose mind is something of a cup.
My sweetness is to wake in the night
after days of dry heat, hearing the rain.
Wendell Berry :

  • Tue, May 15, 2018 - 06:50pm


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    Ishmael and The Simpler Way

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn is a book that was a life changer for many of us. Apparently it is one of two books that led Nate Hagens to question his course in life. My wife and I spotted it on a bedside table at a B&B in Sitka, Alaska in1998. I bought a copy a few days later at the Anchorage airport bookstore. It completely changed the way we view the world.

Because he understands the extent of the changes required and writes with a clear style, I highly recommend anything written by Ted Trainer. He is known for The Simpler Way. Here is a link to an essay in which he completely destroys the Ecomodernists.

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Nice list, I’m amazed I’ve read nearly all of them! The really good ones on the list:

But some duds in there too, much easy to debunk:

What’s missing? Books that offer alternative views. Few seek out both sides. I make a point to read the very best the alternative view of any subject has to offer. My list of books I would put above all these (I read them all):

Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations – Warsh

Get Serious – Osborn

Abundance – Diamandis

Dividends Still Don’t Lie – Wright

Kiss Your Dentist Goodby – Phillips

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration – Price

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