Mongo, what is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the admonitions of their librarians.

Books, once the only source of knowledge, today they are often forgotten in deference to that behemoth of trivia, the internet.  But the net is a fickle thing, what is there today can easily be removed, restricted or revised into oblivion tomorrow with the ease of a child shaking an etch-a-sketch.  Hard copies, or in grudging respect to the electronic age, ebooks under your own control are a must.  So whether you fill a library with paper or a thumbdrive with bits, having a well stocked library is your only option for maintaining access to information that could prove critical in tough times.

And don’t rely on the internal memory of your ebook readers like the Kindle or Nook to keep your ebooks available.  It takes little effort on the part of the gate keepers to take away what you have and leave you with empty hands.  So if you do go the digital route back up any of your ebooks on a nonvolatile media.

As Old Age and Treachery’s resident bookmonger I feel the need to share some of my favorites.  So here in no particular order, is a small part of the Mongo reading list for the self-reliant aspirant.


PDR for Herbal Medicines by Thomas Fleming


The Herbalist by Joseph E. Meyer


Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild And Not So Wild Places by Steve Brill & Evelyn Dean


The Forager's Harvest by Samuel Thayer


The Edible Mushroom by Anne Del Conte & Thomas Laessoe


The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan


The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals by Gail Damerow


Back to Basics a Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring

09. This is a set of 7. You are looking at the first book below. Here’s the rest.

Charcoal Foundry (Build Your Own Metal Working Shop from Scrap Book 1)


FM 23-35 - Combat Training with Pistols and Revolvers - U.S. Army

11. Kindle only format

FM 23-9 - Rifle Marksmanship M16A1, M16A2/3, M16A4 and M4 Carbine - U.S. Army

12. Cd-rom only format

FM 5-125 Rigging Techniques, Procedures and Applications - U.S. Army


Army Field Manual FM 3-25.26 (U.S. Army Map Reading and Land Navigation Handbook)


Where There Is No Doctor - D. Werner


Where There is No Dentist - M. Dickson


Ditch Medicine Advanced Field Procedures for Emergencies - Hugh L. Coffee

Please return and look for a whole page on the complete library of Mongo, Ghillieman, and Dharmachick. There will also be reviews and anecdotes for these books from each of us as we peruse and re-peruse our individual libraries. For now, I hope you enjoyed the glimpse from this old man.

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