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When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance and Planetary Survival [Paperback]

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When Technology Fails is the first to offer, under one cover, basic instructions and recommended resources for the wide range of skills and technologies necessary for self-reliant living and achieving mastery of all kinds of emergency conditions.

A user-friendly "bible" in the tradition of the Whole Earth Catalog, this book provides information that will help the average person become more self-reliant. In an era of super-storms, burgeoning population, massive earth-quakes, global warming, and record-breaking floods and droughts, more and more people are seeking to prepare themselves to deal with the difficult times that may lie ahead.

When Technology Fails addresses this universal concern in one engaging and concise volume for the general reader. A directory of resources and an instructional guide to sustainable technologies, it outlines survival strategies for dealing with changes that affect food, water, shelter, energy, health, communications, and essential goods and services.

When Technology Fails provides something for everyone, from parents who want to help their families when a disaster strikes, to the go-it-alone survivalist, to the eco-minded person who wishes to tread more lightly on the earth - whatever the future may hold.

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Pages   405
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 8.4" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   2.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 16, 2007
Publisher   Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN  1933392835  
ISBN13  9781933392837  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! An engineer, author, and building contractor, Matthew Stein has built hurricane-resistant, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly homes and designed consumer water-filtration devices, commercial water-filtration systems, and automated assembly machinery among other things. He currently resides with his wife, Josie, in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California. His websites are at and

Matthew Stein currently resides in Truckee, in the state of California.

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Never have written a review before but....  Jun 15, 2008
What if technology failed? Who would be ready to survive? I don't know of many that would be able to take care of themselves, never mind their family. This book tells you what you need to do to live successfully if that time came.
Truth be told, we have forgotten how to live without. How to survive on our own. Who would you ask if that time came? This book gives basics from the very beginning. A "how to" for anything you might need to know.
This could be a valuable resource for everyone. Something to have on hand. Who knows what will be in store for us in the future. This is a comprehensive disaster tool with valuable reference material.
There is plenty of "good stuff" to take out of this book. Even if you just want to just get back to a few basics in your every day life. A good one to have in your library.
not the best  Jun 1, 2008
if u want the best book on living without technology, check out the readers digest BACK TO BASICS. It shows u haw to build a house, outhouse, stove, candels, and about solar and wind power. Not this book.
Save yourself!  Jan 18, 2008
Another good one! This is good to have on hand "just in case". This day and age it's up to you to save yourself, and your family. This book will help you do just that! Buy it, keep, it!!
Preparing for "CHAOS" in the United States.  Dec 9, 2007
This manual guides one toward survival, when technology fails.....and it will, it's only a matter of time now. It has already begun. Most people cannot hunt, grow food, or recognize anything growing in the wild that would help them survive, if they needed to.
The United States is nearing full circle in it's ablility to sustain this government, it could have survived, but it won't. There will be CHAOS in the streets, and all around us will begin the drive to survive here without gasoline, food markets, and the clothing industries.
Better get back to learning the basics, time is drawing near.

vital information for everyone   Oct 28, 2007
This is the book you want to read BEFORE anything happens! Matt Stein has done an incredible job bringing together information in every area you can think of (and some you might not!) where a disruption in services could cause you great inconvenience, or worse. What would you do if a storm took out your power? How would you keep yourself warm and fed? What if you live in an area subject to floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, or other natural hazards? It is very empowering to have answers (many quite detailed) gathered together in one book in a very readable format. Stein has done his homework thoroughly and included lots of references for further reading. This book is also excellent to use for a reading circle, as it is quite thought-provoking with much fodder for discussion. This is one of the most useful books I have ever read.

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