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The Big Book of Self-Reliant Living

A farmers almanac Whole Earth Catalog & scouting handbook all rolled into one. Info on a wider range of topics than other books of its kind from building a living structure & growing food to staying healthy & using tools of all kinds. 8.5x11 inches 840 pgs. Rural homesteaders and urban apartment dwellers alike will find a mother lode of practical information in The Big Book of Self-Reliant Living. This selective compendium of public-domain documents - many of them no longer available today - provides in one single volume a wealth of knowledge and useful instruction on just about every aspect of self-sufficiency from building a living structure and growing food to staying healthy and using tools of all kinds.More than 600 pages of pamphlets documents and articles are reproduced here in facsimile making this a true cornucopia of practical advice. Learn how to:Build a greenhouseAdminister first aid Stock a shelter in case of nuclear attackBuild a stone wallSurvive in the wilderness at sea and in the cityPlant prune and propagate trees and shrubsRead architects drawings Care for your petsKeep bees and harvest honeyRemove stains and prevent mildewWeave fabric and repair clothingHunt trap and fishRepair a screen or leaking faucetRelieve allergy symptomsBuild a wood-frame brick adobe or log houseStay safe during storms and floodsCan freeze and dry your garden produceControl high blood pressureCut metal and stoneand much much more!. Softcover
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Walter Szykitka authored the popular original edition of The Big Book of Self-Reliant Living in 1974 under the title Public Works. He is the editor of two other how-to reference books. He lives in New York City.


Praise for the first edition:"How we have survived this long without [this book] I don't know. The concept is brilliant and simple... If we had lived in a rural community a century ago, much of the knowledge gathered here would have been in our bones." --Harper's "It has the hand-hewn feel of the old Whole Earth Catalog... I find it to be perfect bedtime reading, and my dreams are filled with the care of corn crops and methods of collecting water after falling from an airplane. Public Works gives me fantasies of starting over with a few acres of farmland, a hammer, and a saw, and provides me with a vision of unelectrified reliance." --Paul Ford, Morning News (Web-based periodical)

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