Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Safety & First Aid. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The Gift of Fear
Protect yourself by learning how to trust — and act on — your instincts with the "empowering" #1 bestseller from personal safety expert Gavin de Becker ( Boston Globe ). A carjacker lurking in a shopping mall parking lot. An abusive husband pounding on the door. A disgruntled employee brandishing a gun. These days, no one is safe from the specter of violence. But according to Gavin de Becker, everyone can feel safer, act safer, be safer -- if they learn how to listen to their own sixth sense about danger. De Becker has made a career of protecting people and predicting violent behavior. His firm handles security for many of the leading figures in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and his computerized risk-assessment system helps analyze threats to members of Congress and the Supreme Court. Now, in this unprecedented guide, de Becker shares his expertise with everyone. Covering all the dangerous situations people typically face -- street crime, domestic abuse, violence in the workplace -- de Becker provides real-life examples and offers specific advice on restraining orders, self-defense, and more. But the key to self-protection, he demonstrates, is learning how to trust our own intuitions. For everyone who's ever felt threatened, this book is essential reading.
- Author: Gavin de Becker
- Publisher: Back Bay Books (February 9, 2021)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
- ISBN: 978-0316235778
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
2. The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An indispensable guide to surviving everything from an extended wilderness exploration to a day-long boat trip, with hard-earned advice from the host of the show MeatEater as seen on Netflix For anyone planning to spend time outside, The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival is the perfect antidote to the sensationalism of the modern survival genre. Informed by the real-life experiences of renowned outdoorsman Steven Rinella, its pages are packed with tried-and-true tips, techniques, and gear recommendations. Among other skills, readers will learn about old-school navigation and essential satellite tools, how to build a basic first-aid kit and apply tourniquets, and how to effectively purify water using everything from ancient methods to cutting-edge technologies. This essential guide delivers hard-won insights and know-how garnered from Rinella’s own experiences and mistakes and from his trusted crew of expert hunters, anglers, emergency-room doctors, climbers, paddlers, and wilderness guides—with the goal of making any reader feel comfortable and competent while out in the wild.
- Author: Steven Rinella
- Publisher: Random House (December 1, 2020)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Outdoor Cooking
- ISBN: 978-0593129692
- Dimensions: 6.25 x 1.02 x 9.5 inches
3. The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self
“If you've been looking for something different to level up your health, fitness, and personal growth, this is it .”—Melissa Urban, Whole30 CEO and New York Times bestselling author Discover the evolutionary mind and body benefits of living at the edges of your comfort zone and reconnecting with the wild. In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? In this gripping investigation, award-winning journalist Michael Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort. Easter’s journey to understand our evolutionary need to be challenged takes him to meet the NBA’s top exercise scientist, who uses an ancient Japanese practice to build championship athletes; to the mystical country of Bhutan, where an Oxford economist and Buddhist leader are showing the world what death can teach us about happiness; to the outdoor lab of a young neuroscientist who’s found that nature tests our physical and mental endurance in ways that expand creativity while taming burnout and anxiety; to the remote Alaskan backcountry on a demanding thirty-three-day hunting expedition to experience the rewilding secrets of one of the last rugged places on Earth; and more. Along the way, Easter uncovers a blueprint for leveraging the power of discomfort that will dramatically improve our health and happiness, and perhaps even help us understand what it means to be human. The Comfort Crisis is a bold call to break out of your comfort zone and explore the wild within yourself.
- Author: Michael Easter
- Publisher: Rodale Books (May 11, 2021)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Mental Health
- ISBN: 978-0593138762
- Dimensions: 6.33 x 1.06 x 9.4 inches
4. SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
"A classic outdoor manual that addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don’t leave home without it”-- Outside magazine The ultimate guide to surviving anywhere, now updated with more than 100 pages of additional material, including a new chapter on urban survival Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes: Being prepared: Understanding basic survival skills, like reading the weather, and preparation essentials, such as a pocket survival kit. Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, staying warm, and creating tools. Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it. First aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured. Disaster survival: How to react in the face of natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive if all services and supplies are cut off. Self-defense: Arming yourself with basic hand-to-hand combat techniques. Security: Protecting your family and property from intrusion, break-ins, and theft. Climate & terrain: Overcoming any location, from the tropics to the poles, from the desert to the mountains and sea.
- Author: John 'Lofty' Wiseman
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (November 11, 2014)
- Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Mountaineering
- Dimensions: 8.05 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
5. 100 Deadly Skills: COMBAT EDITION: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Crushing Your Enemy, Fighting for Your Life, and Embracing Your Inner Badass
“The first volume in the 100 Deadly Skills series delivered clandestine hacks designed to allow readers to escape and evade threats at home and abroad. The second book, my Survival Edition , provided a blueprint to surviving chaos, misadventures, and fatal disasters. Now, with the Combat Edition , I’ve created the most comprehensive on-the-ground combatives manual ever assembled—traveling the country to learn the most effective combat techniques from some of the deadliest characters on Earth. The goal remains the same: allowing good people to defeat evil, fight for their lives, and survive another day.” — Clint Emerson Created by a retired Navy SEAL, this illustrated combat manual presents one hundred skills harvested from the world of special operations, outlaw bikers, lifelong martial artists, and professional fighters. Drawing on the unique skill sets of a carefully selected cadre of experts, each technique is carefully broken down to its component parts in order to radically improve your chances of coming out on top—whether you’re faced by an active shooter or coming toe to toe with a belligerent prick. Throughout, embedded step-by-step video content enables you to visualize the skills and practice them in real-time. These hundred deadly skills, which all rely on no-nonsense combative techniques, include: Weaponizing your non-violent posture Delivering damaging body strikes Accurately throwing a knife Quick drawing and shooting a handgun Tactically deceiving your enemy Surviving a multi-threat ambush Understanding non-lethal and lethal options Clint Emerson , retired Navy SEAL, spent twenty years conducting special ops all over the world while attached to SEAL Team Three, the National Security Agency (NSA), and a Special Mission Unit. Tom Mandrake has created and illustrated books, comics and graphic novels for over 40 years. Some of the titles he has worked on include Batman, The Spectre, The Martian Manhunter, The Punisher, The New Mutants, The X-Files, Creeps, To Hell You Ride and Kros: Hallowed Ground. H. Keith Melton, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology, espionage, and tradecraft. Melton is the author of many spy books.
- Author: Clint Emerson
- Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing (January 19, 2021)
- Genre: History, Military
- ISBN: 978-1544518862
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.74 x 8.25 inches
6. The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for ANY Disaster
The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for any Disaster is the new abridged version of the bestselling book The Survival Medicine Handbook . This unique medical book is meant to enable the average person to handle injuries and illness in situations in which modern medical facilities and professionals aren’t available due to a disaster. This book is written by America’s top medical preparedness experts: Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. Their mission: to put a medically prepared person in every family for when medical help is not on the way. Using decades of medical experience, they address, in plain language, dozens of medical issues associated with surviving disasters and epidemics. The Altons also discuss the medical supplies needed to become a medical asset to your family and community as well as alternative and natural strategies for when pharmaceuticals aren’t available. Most medical books will send you to the doctor or hospital when an emergency happens. The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide assumes what might actually happen—that the average person could be left without medical help in a disaster. With this unique book, you’ll have a head start on keeping your family healthy in times of trouble.
- Author: Amy Alton
- Publisher: Skyhorse; Abridged edition (August 4, 2015)
- Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hiking & Camping
- ISBN: 978-1629147703
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
7. The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way
If you had to deal with an injury or illness in a disaster, would you know what to do? The Survival Medicine Handbook is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., the premiere medical preparedness professionals from the top ten survival website www.doomandbloom.net. The expanded third edition of the 3 category Amazon bestseller (Survival Skills, Disaster Relief, Safety/First Aid) is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios. The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family's medical well-being. Here are just some of the over 150 topics (175 illustrations) covered: PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS-HISTORY OF PREPAREDNESS-USING ALL THE TOOLS IN THE WOODSHED-SPIRITUALITY AND SURVIVAL-MODERN MEDICINE VS. SURVIVAL MEDICINE-THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY-HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE MEDIC-LIKELY MEDICAL ISSUES YOU’LL FACE-MEDICAL SKILLS YOU’LL WANT TO LEARN-MEDICAL BAGS, KITS, AND SUPPLIES-HOW TO STERILIZE MEDICAL SUPPLIES-NATURAL REMEDIES, LIKE OILS, TEAS, TINCTURES, AND SALVES-THE MEDICAL HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAM-THE MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT-THE ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT-PATIENT TRANSPORT-HYGIENE-RELATED MEDICAL ISSUES-LICE, TICKS, AND WORMS-DENTAL ISSUES AND PROCEDURES-RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS-GUIDE TO PROTECTIVE MASKS-FOOD AND WATER-BORNE ILLNESS-WATER STERILIZATION-DIARRHEAL DISEASE AND DEHYDRATION-DEALING WITH SEWAGE ISSUES-RODENTS AS DISEASE VECTORS-FOOD POISONING-PATHOGENS (DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS)-HOW INFECTIONS SPREAD-APPENDICITIS AND OTHER ABDOMINAL INFECTIONS AND CONDITIONS-HEPATITIS-URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS-INFECTIONS CAUSED BY YEAST-CELLULITIS-ABSCESSES-TETANUS-MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES-PANDEMICS-THE SURVIVAL SICK ROOM -HYPERTHERMIA (HEAT STROKE)-HYPOTHERMIA-FROSTBITE/IMMERSION (TRENCH) FOOT-COLD WATER SAFETY-FALLING THROUGH THE ICE-AVALANCHE PREPAREDNESS-ALTITUDE SICKNESS-WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS-SMOKE INHALATION-TORNADO PREPAREDNESS-HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS-EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS-FLOOD PREPAREDNESS-MARITIME SURVIVAL-NEAR-DROWNING-VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS-ALLERGIC REACTIONS-ASTHMA-ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK-POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC-RADIATION SICKNESS-BIOLOGICAL WARFARE-INJURIES TO SOFT TISSUES- MINOR WOUNDS-HEMORRHAGIC WOUNDS-PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF BLOOD LOSS-HEMORRHAGE CONTROL-TOURNIQUETS-COMMERCIAL BLOOD-CLOTTING AGENTS-KNIFE AND BULLET WOUNDS-BODY ARMOR-THE MEDIC UNDER FIRE-SOFT TISSUE CHRONIC WOUND CARE-HOW TO SUTURE SKIN-HOW TO STAPLE SKIN-LOCAL NERVE BLOCKS-BLISTERS, SPLINTERS, AND FISHHOOKS-NAIL BED INJURIES-BURN INJURIES-ANIMAL BITES-SNAKE BITES-INSECT BITES AND STINGS-HEAD INJURIES-SPRAINS AND STRAINS-DISLOCATIONS-FRACTURES-PNEUMOTHORAX-AMPUTATION-THYROID DISEASE-DIABETES-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-HEART DISEASE-ULCER AND ACID REFLUX DISEASE-SEIZURE DISORDERS-JOINT DISEASE-KIDNEY AND GALL BLADDER STONES-SKIN RASHES-VARICOSE VEINS-HEMORRHOIDS-AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION-TRACHEOTOMY-CPR IN THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT-HEADACHE-EYE TRAUMA AND INFECTIONS-NASAL TRAUMA-EAR INFECTIONS-PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY-ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION-SLEEP DEPRIVATION-OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS-PAIN RELIEF-ANTIBIOTICS- EXPIRATION DATES When medical personnel are overwhelmed and modern technology is non-existent, The Survival Medicine Handbook is THE essential book for your library.
- Author: Joseph Alton MD
- Publisher: Doom and Bloom, LLC; 3rd edition (June 7, 2016)
- Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
- ISBN: 978-0988872554
- Dimensions: 6 x 1.58 x 9 inches
8. Spanish Grammar (Quick Study)
BarCharts’ best-selling Spanish Grammar guide has been updated and expanded! Learn the basics of Spanish grammar in our easily accessible format. Covering everything from rules of stress to the various verb categories and conjugations, this handy reference guide will help you master the hard-to-remember rules of Spanish grammar. This new edition features an additional panel of information, including more examples for easy comprehension.
- Author: Inc. BarCharts
- Publisher: QuickStudy; Bilingual edition (December 31, 2012)
- Genre: Reference, Foreign Language Study & Reference
- ISBN: 978-1423219637
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches
9. Protection Spells: Clear Negative Energy, Banish Unhealthy Influences, and Embrace Your Power
Banish bad energy, ward off unpleasant people, and defend your belongings, your spirit and your space with this spellbook focused specifically on protection. In our modern world there is a lot to worry about, from the global-scale—climate change, political uncertainty—to the personal—a toxic ex, cyber bulling. Spellcrafting can help you find comfort in a stressful world. This book will give you the tools to take charge of defending yourself in both energy and physicality. With over 100 spells for protection and defense, and a glossary of protective symbols, stones, and other objects to keep on hand, this book can help you cleanse your room and cast out old negative energies, put a protective and peace-preserving bubble around yourself as you ride the bus, deflect grumpiness and negativity from people you work with—and so much more!
- Author: Arin Murphy-Hiscock
- Publisher: Adams Media; Illustrated edition (August 7, 2018)
- Genre: Religion & Spirituality, New Age & Spirituality
- ISBN: 978-1507208328
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
10. ACEP First Aid Manual, 5th Edition (Dk First Aid Manual)
A possible life-saving reference to keep around the house or in the car, DK's First Aid Manual looks at more than 100 different conditions, from splinters and sprained ankles to strokes and unconsciousness, and shows exactly what to do with step-by-step photographic sequences. Every condition is clearly explained, outlining causes, symptoms and signs, and action plans. The updated design makes the instructions easier to follow, whether you need information on emergency first aid, first aid for babies and children, or tips on resuscitation.
- Author: DK Publishing
- Publisher: DK; 5th edition (September 1, 2014)
- Genre: Medical Books, Allied Health Professions
- ISBN: 978-1465419507
- Dimensions: 5.83 x 0.74 x 8.3 inches