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When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency [Paperback]

By Matthew Stein (Author)
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There's never been a better time to "be prepared." Matthew Stein's comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills--from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills--prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live "green" in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe.

When Technology Fails covers the gamut. You'll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you've been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. You'll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. You'll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter (a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine, and healing; energy, heat, and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines, and materials) offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad.

Fully revised and expanded--the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously--When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on "Making the Shift to Sustainability," which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   493
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.96" Width: 8.5" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   3.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 18, 2008
Publisher   Chelsea Green Publishing
Edition  Revised, Expand  
ISBN  1933392452  
ISBN13  9781933392455  

Availability  0 units.

More About Matthew Stein

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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