Knocked out this classic recently. If anything, summer is for reading fiction - mindless, pure enjoyment. Winter is for how-to and getting ready for projects in the Spring - but summer is for fun - FUN I TELL YOU.
It was a quick, easy read. I had an initial feeling that due to the fact that the book was written in 1959, it might be dated. But when nuclear war happens and life goes back to 1800's, it is pretty much timeless.
I loved the characters and I loved the story. But that is where my praise pretty much ends.
This is not a fiction book that spurs you to prepare. It does not teach you how to survive - how to manage - what to do.
There arent many of us who in an all out nuclear war would have an early warning from an insider or find ourselves in the perfect spot that meets all needs and so enables you to ride out the crisis in relative style.
Besides the enjoyment of the story, I did take away 1 thing and in a sense, its a big thing.... Find out where locally or as close as possible, the nearest SALT mine is located. Depending on how huge an interruption in trade, SALT is one of the things you cannot grow yourself and that you need or you will die. Make sure you have enough for your family and animals for more than just a year in your storage pantry.
*** So I just reread my post before I publish and I want to make it totally clear - LOVED THIS BOOK, but it is not a "HOW TO" manual wrapped in fiction....