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A Dry Dipstick Book Review

Author: Neil Strauss
418 pages
ISBN 0060898771
2009, Harper Collins

Buy It Now!

The cover text says: "This book will save your life". I don't believe it. But it will make you aware of a lot of possibilities, both good and bad. And that awareness, and the resulting actions you might take, could save your life.

Scenarios imagined by various Peak Oil observers range from an apocalyptical Mad Max, dog-eat-dog world to one of communal and blissful togetherness on a green, healthy and sustainable planet. Neil Strauss saw Peak Oil as just one of many looming disasters, all designed to bring down the Empire with him in it.

He started his journey in this book with the decision to prepare a safe retreat for life after the Collapse of the Empire. He chose an island in the Caribbean along with a second passport and a Swiss bank account. He also decided that he needed to learn the skills that would help him fight, connive, sneak and otherwise escape from the United States and reach the safety of his island sanctuary.

Those skills include hunting and butchering, wilderness survival, use of knives and guns for food and self-defense, setting up caches, and disaster and emergency medical training.

Strauss studied under some of the most skilled, passionate and perhaps even somewhat crazed people in the survival business, and his stories are funny and illuminating. He learned a lot about himself and the reader can learn a lot along with him.

Strauss started as a self-admitted urban wimp, whose idea of foraging was to stop off for Chinese takeout on the way home. By the end of the book he was a trained killer (more or less). But, by the end of the book Strauss was a very different person in other ways, too, no longer concerned with protecting only his own rear. As a result of this book, the reader has the option to go through similar changes.

It's a great read, filled with fascinating information and anecdotes. And you just might get some ideas about what you'd like to do next—for yourself and for your community.

Mick Winter (www.DryDipstick.com) is the author of Peak Oil Prep: Prepare for Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Collapse (www.peakoilprep.com)