I received this book for a fair and honest review.
Overview: Have you seen those “Doomsday Preppers” shows? Well, Mr. Cobb intends to show us how this type of person might be gaining the financial security to fund his or her lifestyle. Also included are lists of good that could possible double as trading goods.
Story Telling: There’s not a lot of ways to make a financial guide, or any other type of self-help book, entertaining. There is dry reading in some parts of this book.
Likes: There were some interesting concepts concerning hydroponics, as well as a few other gardening suggestions. I also appreciated the way that Mr. Cobb included the credit score information. Specifically, he not only advised you to get yours checked, but also included ways as to how to check it.
Dislikes: Here’s my problem. This book is written from a ‘financial collapse’ point-of-view. Yet, Mr. Cobb implies that life will be more than a bit uncomfortable, even with this scenario. For starters, Mr. Cobb implies that some of the weaker members of society won’t survive. And that very well might be true. But let me ask you this: isn’t it more likely that the community will come together? After all, isn’t this what we have seen during the past natural disasters, and even during the Great Depression?
Also, I disagree with the idea of trading tobacco products. And it’s not because I view smoking as a sin. I’m just more likely to say something along the lines of “it’s not fresh, but here’s a pack.” Nobody’s crutch ought to cause them to consider whether they lean on the crutch and starve, or find food and go nuts. Just my opinion.
Favorite Quote: “Few people are in a position where they can do it all, at least right now.” It’ll be found in Chapter 8, but I’ll take it a step further. Not even in a post-collapse society will many people be able to do it all.
Favorite Scene: I appreciated the skill bartering and gardening chapters the best.
Conclusion: This is an informative book. But if I may add something to Mr. Cobb’s funding chapter: if your heart isn’t in it, it wont work out the way you think it will.