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Win these books

You remember these from a few weeks back:

I was making room on my bookshelves and decided to give these away. As I mentioned then, they aren’t 2018’s hot new titles, but there’s some great stuff here for people interested in preparedness or adventurous fun.

See below for how to win them all.

The 14 books and one DVD are:

  • Off the Grid: Inside the movement for more space, less government, and true independence in modern America, Nick Rosen, 2010
  • The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre, 2009
  • Bug Out: The complete plan for escaping a catastrophic disaster before it’s too late, Scott B. Williams (autographed), 2010
  • 31 Days to Survival: A complete plan for emergency preparedness, M.D. Creekmore, 2012
  • Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution, M.D. Creekmore, 2011
  • Naked Into the Wilderness: Primitive wilderness skills, applied, John & Geri McPherson, 2004 (DVD)
  • Surviving a Disaster: Evacuation strategies and emergency kits for staying alive, Tony Nester (autographed), 2007
  • Aircrew Survival, Department of the Air Force pamphlet, 1985
  • Sniper Training and Employment, Department of the Army booklet, 1989
  • PVC Projects for the Outdoorsman, Tom Forbes, 1999
  • Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford, 2012
  • Preparedness: The basics and beyond, Mark A. Smith, 2012
  • Grid Down Reality Bites, Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming and Sara Freeman (autographed by both authors), 2011
  • Holding Your Ground: Preparing for defense if it all falls apart, Joe Nobody, 2011
  • The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases, Enola Gay et al. (autographed), 2011
  • Strategic Relocation: North American guide to safe places, 3rd edition, Joel M. Skousen and Andrew Skousen, 2010
  • Even More Dangerously Fun Stuff for Boys Who Never Really Grew Up, various authors, 2010

How to win.

1. Contest is open to anybody, anywhere.

2. I will pay media-mail shipping within the U.S.; if the winner is in any other country, s/he will have to pay shipping (which, alas, may not be worth it; mailing heavy items outside the country gets pricey very fast).

3. To enter, send an email to bookcontest-at-hermit-dot-cotse-dot-net telling why you need/want/believe you’re the best person in the world to receive these items. Your entry may be of any reasonable length and you may enter more than once.

4. Email your entries before January 10, 2019.

5. Entries will be judged on: a) Your real-world use/need for the items (60%); b) uniqueness/creativity of your entry (30%); c) style, wit, profundity, desperation, gud speling, or other intangibles (10%). In event of a tie, I’ll put potential winners’ names in a hat and draw one.

Any questions? Anything I forgot to state? Put your query into comments.


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 28, 2018 10:30 pm

    Good plan. Not for me, though. Give them to one of the whippersnappers out there.

    Completely OT:
    “EDC” has jumped the shark, or whatever the saying is.
    Was visiting family in Georgia for Christmas. I ended up one evening listening in on a group of friends of my relative, none of them into prepping or licensed to carry, and the conversation got around to EDCs.
    “My EDC for work is…”
    “My EDC for when I go into (big city name) is…”
    “My EDC for when I go…”

    So I asked, “What does E D C stand for?”
    Nobody was sure. One defined it as “The stuff you carry when you think you might get into trouble.”


  2. Joel
    Joel December 29, 2018 6:54 am

    😀 Literally didn’t know what the acronym stands for but used it in public anyway? That’s rich. I used to dig myself such embarrassing holes that way when I was young.

    (ahem) Oh hi, Claire! I’m gonna pass on entering the drawing because my shelves already groan under the weight of all the similar books I never read. In fact you remind me that thinning them out is a chore on my list. Cool idea, though, and some lucky winner will score some good references.

  3. AG
    AG December 31, 2018 12:27 am

    Great idea!

    Whomeverst wins will score in a big way, as many of those books are out of print now and quite expensive.

    I’d enter, but I second Larry’s opinion that a younger (and probably not-too-well-off) individual is probably a better recipient.

    Anyways, here’s why I stopped by.
    You may find this interesting, despite the overly dramatic headline:

  4. Claire
    Claire December 31, 2018 12:10 pm

    “many of those books are out of print now and quite expensive.”

    Heh. I never even thought of checking. Oh well, maybe somebody’ll get a great deal, then.

    And thanks for the link. I’ll check that out.

  5. John
    John January 6, 2019 12:51 am

    Paglia is never boring.

  6. Comrade X
    Comrade X January 7, 2019 3:48 pm

    Very neat books for sure!

    However I have so many similar books that I haven’t read it would be wrong for me to take it away from someone who can really use them now.

    BTW I’m planning to send you a book once the writer ever gets around to sending it to me (it’s been over a month now, I got a few extras, don’t ya know!).

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