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    A news site had another of those "post-apocalyptic library" articles, with guest celebrities picking the five books they'd need to restart civilization. As usual, most of them were useless.

    My list:

    1) Machiavelli: The Prince (who need to do it to)
    2) Sun Tzu: The Art of War (how to do it)
    3) Marks' Mechanical Engineer's Handbook (how to make the tools to do it with)
    4) Merck's Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (picking up the pieces)
    5) something useful for agriculture and food storage, both vitally important to emerging societies, but I don't have a single specific title yet

    Unless you can feed yourself, control disease, and defend yourself from your enemies, I don't figure you have much use for classical literature, pornography, popular fiction, or religious works, which are the usual choices.
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    While I agree in the immediate future after a collapse anything that builds survival skills and knowledge is crucial to seeing another day, I would hate the fact that no one preserved some of the classics we grew up with. They would play an important part in rebuilding society, the educational system, and our culture.

    I 100% agree with you on the need for survival skills first and foremost. Leisure time will be at a premium during those first dark days.

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    Jim Rawles has a very good book list here:
    The SurvivalBlog Bookshelf - SurvivalBlog.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRX View Post
    A news site had another of those "post-apocalyptic library" articles, with guest celebrities picking the five books they'd need to restart civilization. As usual, most of them were useless.

    My list:

    1) Machiavelli: The Prince (who need to do it to)
    2) Sun Tzu: The Art of War (how to do it)
    3) Marks' Mechanical Engineer's Handbook (how to make the tools to do it with)
    4) Merck's Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (picking up the pieces)
    5) something useful for agriculture and food storage, both vitally important to emerging societies, but I don't have a single specific title yet

    Unless you can feed yourself, control disease, and defend yourself from your enemies, I don't figure you have much use for classical literature, pornography, popular fiction, or religious works, which are the usual choices.
    A world where porn isn't high up on the needs list is a world I don't want to live in!!! LOL. Just kidding. Couldn't resist.

    Good list.
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