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Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need

By Bryan Black

Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need

John D. McCann, whom you may recall has recently been a contributor recently ITS, has just released a new book called Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need.

You may remember towards the beginning days of ITS when I mentioned the Mini Survival Kits I built based on John’s first book, Build The Perfect Survival Kit. He’s been one of my favorite authors for a long time and I was stoked to have him contribute to ITS Tactical.

I’m even more excited about this new book, as it keeps in line with what I love about John as an author. He takes a no-nonsense, anal-retentive look at survival as a whole and breaks it down for everyone to understand. I hope he doesn’t get upset with my description of his writing, but it’s something I can totally relate to and fully appreciate.

Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need

With his first book, John delved deep into each item of what you need in your Survival Kits and why it’s there in the first place; from the mini kit all the way up to the truck-sized kit. In John’s new book he takes that same analytical approach to the actual skills you need to survive.

Just mentioning the different chapters will give you an idea of the breadth of John’s information.

  • The Survivor Mentality
  • The Indispensable Survival Kit
  • Knives & Tools for Survival
  • Fire & Light – Survival Assets
  • Shelter & Protection from the Elements
  • Water Collection & Purification
  • Signaling for Help
  • Navigate Your Way Back
  • Food to Sustain Energy
  • Wilderness Hazards & Safety
  • Final Thoughts & Resources

Each chapter goes into detail with gorgeous photos and diagrams to explain exactly what John’s trying to teach. I particularly like the sidebar “tips” and DIY information that’s near and dear to what we do here on ITS.

Stay Alive is a must read and a tremendous resource that should be on everyone’s shelf. I’ll leave you with a great quote from Dave Canterbury, who wrote the forward.

Too many survival books are simply cut and paste toilet paper, taken from age-old military manuals that catered to soldiers, that emphasize the use of issue-type items for emergency use. Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need is packed with information on common everyday items that civilians have access to and can use to build a great kit and how to use those items to keep them alive!

Check out Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need via Amazon and be sure to head on over to John’s Website where you can also pick up the book and supplies to build your own kits.

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  • Excellent! It’s true that there are some survival books out there that don’t say anything about how to actually survive! This one sounds like a winner, though. This’ll be great to add to my Christmas list and to share with others. Thanks!

    • Michael Brown

      This one has been in my “Cart” for almost three weeks, not sure why I haven’t purchased yet. A must buy in the next few days if I want to gift myself in time for Christmas. I only have 12months to hone skills for the Zombie Apocalypse.

  • Cory Heimark

    John does an awesome job with this book. Nice write up Bryan. This book is a must have. It isn’t a comic book that jokes about survival, this is a real tool you can use and apply to your everyday skill set. I’ve had the book for a few weeks now and love it. Some good info!

  • Brilliant!

    Any thoughts as to a similar book that deals with survival in the Australian bush? The flora and fauna are rather unique here, and would play an important role. I know my childhood of North American, European and even Middle East survival knowledge is baffled when I’m in the bush. Nothing looks like food here ….

  • Troy Hendrickson

    I was very pleased when I saw this post on McCann’s new book. I have a well worn copy of his “Build The Perfect Survival Kit” and have spent the last few years making them in all shapes and sizes. I will certainly be adding his new book to my “Must Have” library. I trust that none of my time will be wasted by reading anything by McCann.

  • Bryan, Thanks for the great book review. I really appreciate it.

    I also appreciate the other comments. Hope everybody enjoys it!


  • tremis

    Any word on a kindle version over at amazon?

  • Muddyboots

    Good review Bryan!

    John, A long awaited success! Very well done. Topics covered with your usual thoroughness. Excellent photos (Those guys aren’t as photogenic as the lovely lady 😛 ) Great layout too. I’ve given several copies away too. I eagerly await the next project to be published. No, I’m not rushing you. Okay, maybe a little! Keep living the good life!


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