When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition

January 8, 2020 - Comment

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,

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.

Product Features

  • Supplies and preparations
  • Energy, heat and power
  • Low-tech medicine and healing
  • Water quality and treatment
  • Food, shelter and first aid

Comments

Anonymous says:

Be Prepared! Very thorough in every aspect. I purchased the Kindle version first and decided I wanted the hard copy in hand. If the power is out, what good is my Kindle? This book covers many different scenarios along with what types of foods to store and how much you may need, what you may need to bug-out, how to build shelters, first aid supplies, and so forth. Matthew also includes many resources at the end of each chapter. A lot of time and thought went into this book. I would highly recommend this book…

Anonymous says:

Buy this book. This was a gift from my wife … and I am quite pleased so far. Good damn book.I grew up spending a significant amount of time hunting and hiking, learning (Eagle Scout/Vigil Honor) how to survive with little and how to prepare for longer term survival. Nearly 30 years as a State Trooper has put me in enough situations, that I know the value of preparedness.This book has refreshed things I’ve learned decades ago and forgotten …. and given me bunch of new information…

Anonymous says:

Great information to help you prepare ahead of time! This is a comprehensive compilation of what to prepare before,and what to do when our everyday conveniences fail. There are chapters on water purification, food storage, 72 hour kit, building types of shelters and fires, gardening, medicine, protecting yourself from radiation fall out and many more topics. I watched several videos of Matt Stein before I purchased this and was inspired by his story about how this came about. It took him several years to read a library’s worth of books to…

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