Prepper Press publishes a variety of nonfiction titles covering different aspects of prepping. Some of these books are original works by our authors, others are titles that exist in the public domain that we have turned into paperback books because we believe they have value in that grid-down, EMP-proof format and should be added to any prepper’s survival bookshelf so they can be referenced should they be needed after a natural disaster or collapse.
Below we have organized our nonfiction titles by category: Food, Medical, Preparedness, Skill Building, Shooting, Survival, and Other.
The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Child Lydia Maria Child first published The American Frugal Housewife in 1829. She was self-motivated, went against the tide, and took risks in an era when many women did not. Her writing style was ridiculed by many as lacking class, but her gritty writing was a reflection of the work itself.
The Complete Guide to Home Canning by Department of Agriculture This publication contains many new research-based recommendations for canning safer and better quality food at home. It is an invaluable resource book for persons who are canning food for the first time. Experienced canners will find updated information to help them improve their canning practices.
The Navy SEAL Nutrition Guide by Patricia Deuster This book was originally developed for Navy SEAL trainees to help them meet the demands of Naval Special Warfare (NSW). This comprehensive guide covers all the basics of physical wellness with guidance on helping meet the challenges encountered in extreme conditions and mission-related activities Navy SEALS face.
Department of the Army’s First Aid Manual TC 4.02-1 by Department of the Army Because medical personnel will not always be readily available, non-medical Soldiers must rely on themselves and other Soldiers’ skills and knowledge of first aid methods to render aid until medical assistance arrives. Training Circular 4-02.1 provides first aid procedures for non-medical personnel in environments from home station to combat situations.
Emergency War Surgery by Department of the Army Designed to be an essential rapid reference manual, Emergency War Surgery uses concise, bulleted formatting geared toward the combat physician operating away from sophisticated medical support. This manual was drafted by sub-specialty experts, and updated by surgeons returned from year-long deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Wound Management by U.S. Department of Defense This is the official manual from the U.S. military is a subcourse book used to train combat medics. Combat medics on today’s battlefield experience a wide variety of conditions not previously experienced. The training on the standards that apply to the civilian emergency medical service (EMS) world may not apply to the combat environment.
Veterinary Care and Management of the Military Working Dog by U.S. Army Veterinary Services This is the official military manual used for training dog handlers on veterinary care of military working dogs (MWDs). Thorough, descriptive, and informative, we have taken the Veterinary Care and Management of the Military Working Dog manual and reformatted it into a more reader-friendly version. From equipment and facilities to dentistry, this guide will educate on K9 well-being and veterinary care.
Don’t Be A Victim! An Officer’s Guide to Preventing Crime by John Elliott While it is prudent to be prepared for catastrophes that could weaken or destroy a fragile social structure, we should not do so at the expense of guarding ourselves from threats that we are more likely to encounter. Don’t Be a Victim, offers common sense strategies to help prevent crime, protect your home, and keep your family safe from criminals.
Poor Man’s Wilderness Survival Kit by James Ballou You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest emergency survival gear for your outdoor adventures when you can assemble a functional, well-stocked kit for little or no money! Jim Ballou shows you exactly how to do it with this guide to collecting no-nonsense gear and packaging it in self-contained, portable kits.
Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 1 by Headquarters, Department of the Army This manual includes the Army Warrior Training plan for warrior skills level (SL) 1 and task summaries for SL 1 critical common tasks that support unit wartime missions.
Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 2, 3, and 4 by Headquarters, Department of the Army This manual contains an Army Warrior Training plan for warrior leader skills level (SL) 2 through SL 4 and task summaries for SL 2 critical common tasks that support unit wartime missions. This manual is the only authorized source for these common tasks. Task summaries in this manual supersede any common tasks appearing in MOS-specific Soldier manuals.
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse by Peter Damaris This book charts a path that an economic collapse might take. It starts with the anatomy of a market crash and a credit crunch. It seeks to identify the danger zones from which another crash might arise. It then looks at how a crash might shock an economy already weak into an unarrested downward spiral.
The Faithful Prepper: A Christian’s Perspective on Prepping by Aden Tate How does prepping mesh with the Christian faith? Is prepping actually a sign of a lack of faith in God? The Faithful Prepper by Aden Tate seeks to not only answer such questions, but also takes a look at a number of other post-disaster scenarios and some of the things a Christian will have to think about in each of them.
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches by Joe Nobody Widely acclaimed author Joe Nobody, known for his fictional works as well as highly regarded survival and preparation guides, is joined by T. Pike, USMC. With proper techniques, equipment, and methods, practically any type of critical supplies can be safely stored in a manner that is nearly impervious to the elements.
The Warrior Ethos and Soldier Combat Skills by Department of the Army Modern combat is chaotic, intense, and shockingly destructive. In your first battle, you will experience the confusing and often terrifying sights, sounds, smells, and dangers of the battlefield–but you must learn to survive and win despite them. If you do, and you uphold your Warrior Ethos, you can win and return home with honor.
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide by Steve Markwith Air-powered guns offer many useful possibilities for informed shooters. First, we can mail-order both airguns and their ammunition. Airguns also tend to be quiet – a useful advantage if low-impact hunting is necessary. The right choice will have adequate power for small game. This thorough and complete guide will provide the necessary information for its purchase and use.
Arming for the Apocalypse by James Ballou Global economic meltdown. Widespread natural disaster. Disease pandemic. It doesn’t matter the cause. In the coming Dark Age, the delicate supply infrastructures of modern society will collapse, and you will no longer have access to groceries, gasoline . . . or guns. The time to assemble your arsenal is now, and here are the many crucial factors you must consider when selecting firearms for a post-apocalyptic future.
Army Ammunition Data Sheets for Small Caliber Ammunition by Department of the Army This is a reference handbook published as an aid in planning, training, familiarization and identification of small arms ammunition.
ATF National Firearms Act Handbook by Department of Justice (BATF) This easy-to-follow handbook is for anyone interested in the business of importing, manufacturing and dealing in firearms. The book will be equally useful for firearms collectors who have questions about the application of the National Firearms Act (NFA). While this publication is not a law book, it is a reference book that helps the reader find answers to questions concerning the NFA.
Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (with Special AR-15 Section) by Steve Markwith Steve applies his 25+ years as a full-time firearms instructor to guide the reader through the selection, function, and use of centerfire rifles. The information contained within is detailed, covering far more than just the firearm itself, leaving the reader confident in his/her plan to learn the about the gun in a reasoned, logical way.
Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain FM 3-06.11 by Department of the Army Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain includes over 600 detailed pages of instruction on urban combat tactics and techniques with text and illustrations. While Urban Operations are not new to the U.S. Army, our shift from a rural to a more urban society makes it likely that in the foreseeable future, the Army may be engaged in operations that are intermixed with the civilian population.
Handguns: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide by Steve Markwith The information on handguns contained within this guide is detailed, covering far more than just the firearm itself, leaving the reader confident in his/her plan to learn the about handguns in a reasoned, logical way. The book contains information suitable for novices and experts. Shooters of all types and experience will find something of value in this guide.
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide by Steve Markwith This book is devoted to a whole series of useful firearms, beginning with the well-known .22 Long Rifle. The venerable “twenty-two” hosts a wide array of interesting loads, including some ultra-quiet choices and fairly nasty high-speed rounds.
Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide by Steve Markwith Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide is Steve Markwith’s second firearms book in the Survival Guns series. This book covers the details of buying, owning, and shooting a shotgun. Steve takes the reader from understanding the many differences between various models, old and new, to detailing chokes, barrels, and shot patterns.
Sniper Training: FM 23-10 by Headquarters, Department of the Army This is the classic Army field manual used to train America’s finest long-distance shooters, providing the information needed to train and equip snipers and to aid them in their missions and operations.
Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide by Steve Markwith Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide is the first firearms book in the Survival Guns series that covers the basics of building a basic firearm battery. Steve Markwith will take the reader through the process of selecting and buying firearms and accessories through a planned process that meets your needs and budget.
The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades, Options, and Accessories by Jeff Zimba Jeff Zimba brings the reader on a twenty-year journey through the testing and evaluation phase of America’s longest serving battle rifle, now known by many names, such as the AR-15, M16, M4, 416, and many others.
The Homeschooled Shootist by Joe Nobody This book is an instruction guide for intermediate to advanced shooters. It addresses fighting with shoulder-fired weapons at ranges 0 through 600 meters. The book assumes the reader has mastered basic remedial techniques and is fully versed in firearm safety.
Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance by James Ballou James Ballou expands on the popular home workshop material in his first book to present a “makeshifter’s” way of building and repairing things with only a pile of raw or salvaged materials, your hands and your mind. In this fascinating new book, he presents a wide range of unconventional, remarkably creative home workshop skills
MORE Makeshift Workshop Skills by James Ballou James Ballou is back with even more plans, projects, and concepts for do-it-yourself craftsmen, preppers, and anyone interested in creative improvised workshop methods. Learn how to make dozens of useful items out of nothing more than scrounged materials or common, inexpensive products found in every home.
U.S. Military’s Dog Training Handbook by Department of Defense Learn how to train your dog like the U.S. military. This is the official military manual used for training military working dogs (MWD). From teaching basic commands to navigating obstacle courses, tracking, searching, and attacking, this guide will show you how to turn your dog into a canine soldier.
Holding Your Ground by Joe Nobody Holding will teach you how to configure your home, train your team, and properly equip any location for defense. Covering topics ranging from hiding in plain sight to pre-positioning of supplies, Holding uses common sense, military tactics and historical examples that allow you to prepare for defense without affecting your property’s value or appearance.
Long-Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age by James Ballou Learn essential skills you will need to survive a complete, long-term shift in the way the world operates. Learn what items you need to assemble now and what skills will be priceless later. Learn how to assemble a survival workshop, recycle and salvage everything, develop survival bartering skills, prepare and store caches, and much, much more.
Marine Combat Water Survival by USMC This book makes Marine Corps water survival training and know-how available to anyone that wants to learn it. If you are on boats or around water a lot, the skills learned from the USMC could save your life.
Own the Night! by Center for Army Lessons Learned This Small Unit Night Fighter Handbook combines existing doctrine and procedures for night-fighting tactics and techniques used by light infantry squads and platoons. The result is a modified mission training plan for squad and platoon battle drills that enhance the unit’s ability to fight at night as well as deny the enemy his night capabilities or advantages.
The Official US Army Survival Guide by the US Army Written by the U.S. Army for soldiers, The Official US Army Survival Guide can be used by anyone in any part of the world. When soldiers go out, they expect to have all their personal equipment and unit members with them. However, there is no guarantee it will be so. Soldiers could find themselves alone in a remote area— possibly enemy territory—with little or no personal gear. This manual provides information and describes basic techniques that will enable individuals to survive and return alive.
Without Rule of Law by Joe Nobody This book was written for non-military readers who believe in self-reliance and wish to develop advanced, just-in-case capabilities for themselves and their families. It leads the reader through progressively more complex preparations and activities. This book addresses skills that may be necessary to survive if a breakdown of society or government should occur.
Army Combat Fitness Test: Initial Operation Capability by Center for Initial Military Training This guide establishes the Army’s doctrine for the physical testing of soldiers. It presents a summary of exercises and equipment options and performance optimization techniques.
Boobytraps: FM 5-31 by Headquarters Department of the Army This book provides an interesting look into what soldiers needed to know during the 1960s, when the threat of boobytraps was a real and dangerous issue. They had to both set boobytraps and know where to find them. Their lives depended on it.
Civil Disturbances – by Department of the Army Civil Disturbances provides discussion and techniques about civil disturbances and crowd control operations that occur inside ant outside the. During these operations, U.S. forces are often faced with unruly and violent crowds who have the intent of disrupting peace and the ability of U.S. forces to maintain peace.
Preppers: History and Cultural Phenomenon by Lynda King The word ‘prepper’ seems to have burst onto the scene within the last 10 years, and has increasingly become associated with “fringe” extremists. They have been labeled by some as “domestic terrorists.” But is prepping a new phenomenon? Or is it a manifestation of a growing collective psyche that has learned, from traumatic events throughout our history, that preparedness is critical to human survival?
Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack by Critical National Infrastructures This is the 2008 in-depth report to Congress on the threat to the United States from an EMP. They conducted tests on equipment and vehicles and project what would happen if the U.S. was subjected to an EMP.
The Complete Military Working Dog Manual combines the U.S. Military’s Dog Training Handbook and U.S. Army’s Guide to Veterinary Care of Military Working Dogs into one book. This is a way for the dog owner who is interested in buying both books to save money by buying them as one.
The Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide edited by Patricia Deuster Membership in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community requires an extraordinarily high level of total body physical fitness. A combination of muscular strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness is essential to carry out assigned missions. To train most effectively for these physically demanding tasks, SEALs and others within the NSW community need clear, concise, and authoritative guidance on physical fitness training regimens. This manual has been written to meet this need.
The TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo by Joe Nobody The TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo (The End Of The World As We Know It), focuses on personal equipment designed for security and defense, a subject that can be daunting to beginning preppers. The book provides no-nonsense guidance on how to dress and equip for a defensive role in a post-collapse society.
U.S. Army Physical Fitness Readiness Training Guide: FM 7-22 by Department of the Army This training guide prepares the soldier for the physical demands of any mission. Topics include posture and body mechanics, obstacle negotiation, the Army Fitness Test, and more.