I’m (Mike of Military Backpack Guide) a former US Marine and IRAQ veteran, and this is my list of the absolute best survival books. Books you can learn from, and live by. The problem is that there are a ton of books about survival but lots of them are, well, junk. Not junk in the sense that the author didn’t try, just more like books that tend to be a compilation of other books, original works that have been consumed and regurgitated, and every other “not that great” reference in between. That’s one of the reasons why this is the “top 7” and not “top 10”. I refuse to stuff this thing with unnecessary entries just to make a number. This is officially the best collection of survival books this side of Mars– neatly organized, and updated for 2015. Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world too.