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Don't Shoot the Bastards (Yet)
by Claire Wolfe
The latest from me. A sequel and companion to 101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution (offered below).

The Modern Identity Changer
by Sheldon Charrett
Is it still possible, in this ID-ridden age, to take the classic path of starting over under a new identity? Yes. Charrett's book gives more useable detail than most ID-changing works.

Special Forces Handbook
When I mentioned it in one of my FreeLife columns, this military manual drew lots of interest. Learn fighting, sabotage, etc. from the most hardcore, highly trained people in the fedgov.

How to Live without Electricity and Like it
by Anita Evangelista
Here's a good overview of what you'll need to live a non-electric life. The book contains photos, resources and general information about heat, light, refrigeration, cooking and other necessities. It's not detailed enough to be your one-and-only how-to manual for non-electric living, but it's an excellent place to start.

Gourmet Cannabis Cookery: The High Art of Marijuana Cuisine
by Dan D. Lyon
This is a charming little cookbook -- even for those of us who don't indulge in its main ingredient. The recipes are good, and the saucy attitude is great. (Hint: You can substitute regular butter for Dan's marijuana butter.) If you do indulge, Dan points out that eating the stuff is much safer than going out with smoke-covered clothing into a world of drug-sniffing dogs and forfeiture-mad cops.

Ragnar's Guide to the Underground Economy
by Ragnar Benson
The reliable Ragnar gives info you need to work in the free economy. Not a guide to traditional "shady" occupations, but to getting out from the tax shadows and into the sunlight of freedom.

Privacy for Sale : How Big Brother and Others Are Selling Your Private Secrets for Profit
by Michael Chesbro
The title is a little misleading. Though Mick's book does indeed tell how governments and businesses are raiding your private life, it also has valuable information on what you can do about it. This is all "within the system" stuff; in a more privacy-conscious world this book would have been published by a mainstreamer, instead of by good old Paladin Press. This is a good, sound, solid, user-friendly book from a guy who knows. (He's a military counterintelligence guy.)

Beat the Border
by Ned Beaumont
Need to cross into the U.S. without documentation, or carrying suspicious cargo? Here's detailed information from a former border guard and current freedom lover. It's well-written, direct and sensible. Good insights into the guard mentality, too.

Hide Your Assets and Disappear
by Edmund J. Pankau
Pankau has been making a big splash lately with this how-to-disappear book and related seminars. The book isn't really as detailed as it ought to be (a common failing of "disappearance" and alternate ID books). But it's a beginning -- or a means of testing your fantasies.

Travel-Trailer Homesteading Under $5,000
by Brian Kelling
Yes, you really can have an "instant cabin" for $5,000. (Including the land, if you can find a good, cheap parcel somewhere in mid-nowhere.) Kelling gives full details on turning a travel trailer into a home – with septic tank, solar panels, wood stove and more. This is real advice from a guy who's done it.

Cooking with the Sun
by Beth and Dan Halacy
Want an alternative cooking system for Y2K, or just for times out in the wilderness? The Halacys show how to build and use a solar cooker. They’ve even got 100 recipes for foods as varied as lasagna, chocolate chip cookies and Thai chicken!

The Art of War
by Sun Tsu
ed. by James Clavell calls this "...the Swiss army knife of military theory--pop out a different tool for any situation. Folded into this small package are compact views on resourcefulness, momentum, cunning, the profit motive, flexibility, integrity, secrecy, speed, positioning, surprise, deception, manipulation, responsibility, and practicality." This book was written about real blood-war. But many folks relate it to their business & personal lives. I chose this inexpensive hardbound edition because of James Clavell's astute editorship.

The Sovereign Individual
by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg
Davidson and Mogg believe we are at a 500-year cusp -- that the nation-state is about to collapse, not to be replaced by one world government, but by unprecedented individual independence, made possible by technology. The book is somewhat repetitive and wordy, but thought-provoking and well worthwhile.

Sams Teach Yourself Linux in 24 Hours
by Bill Ball
So what's a computer book doing in the "Living Free" section? Because Linux -- created as an ever-evolving and free operating system by its growing community of users -- is the most promising path to liberation from Microsoft bullying. Bill Gates is anti-gun and anti-freedom. His Windows operating systems are full of deliberately placed security holes, making them prone to viruses and various forms of snooping. Microsoft sucks! Until now, Linux has been for nerds only. But even non-nerds like me are cautiously trying it.

Creating Your Future: Five Steps to the Life of Your Dreams
by Dave Ellis
Want to simplify your life? Live on less money? Feel more satisfied with the work you do? Dave Ellis offers one of the most recent entries in the growing field of books that can help you get there.

Getting a Life
by Jacqueline Blix and David Heitmiller
Getting a Life tells real-world stories of people who've used the life-simplifying techniques pioneered by Vicki Robin and the late Joe Dominguez in Your Money or Your Life (offered below).

The $50 and Up Underground House Book
by Mike Oehler
The classic book on inexpensive underground houses and emergency shelters.

The Complete Book of Underground Houses
by Rob Roy
When you're ready for an underground house more elaborate than Mike Oehler's versions.

I Am Not A Number
by Claire Wolfe
Thinking about going fishing? Enrolling your child in school? Buying a gun? Getting a license to work as a plumber or hairdresser? Think again--because soon you won't be able to do any of these things, or indeed, almost anything else, without a federally issued ID number. Couple that with new surveillance technologies and databases and both freedom and privacy are dead meat. But if you care enough to take the risk -- to use your creativity, brains and courage -- there are ways to free yourself and create free American communities. Get prepared.

101 Things To Do 'Til The Revolution
by Claire Wolfe
101 Things To Do 'Til The Revolution is filled with ideas and resources for self-liberation, monkey wrenching and preparedness. Readers also praise it (Thank you, folks!) for its humor and its lack of both paranoia and True Believer ravings. It's a good book for newcomers to liberty and veterans, as well. Lots of veterans have bought it in quantity (hint, hint) to give to those newcomers. (For orders in quantity, however, see the publisher, not The publisher offers bulk discounts.)

Boston on Surviving Y2K (And Other Lovely Disasters)
by Boston T. Party
Here's the most sensible and comprehensive word on surviving Y2K. None of that silly "visit relatives in the country" nonsense peddled by urban so-called experts. Boston describes both the likely scenarios (power-grid failures, currency collapse, stock market meltdown, looting) and extensive solutions -- providing power, water, raising animals, barter,etc. It's detailed to the max. He even offers sections on "If I Were a Looter" and "If I Were a Government Official."

You & The Police
by Boston T. Party
The ever-alert Boston gives freedom lovers a guide to dealing with the police. This is not just theoretical stuff about rights or ordinary advice about beating DUI charges. This is about warrantless searches, "drug-dealer profiles," roadblocks, dynamic entry and all the other things you may face as a citizen of the American Police State.

Bulletproof Privacy
by Boston T. Party
A detailed how-to on keeping your own private business private.

The Methods of Nonviolent Action
by Gene Sharp
This is the middle, and most important, book of a trilogy on non-violent methods of achieving political and social change. The viewpoint is left-ish, and many of the techniques call for group action. But it's an invaluable piece of research and the book contains information that could potentially save the U.S. from violent confrontation.

How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
by Harry Browne
Harry Browne's classic is as compelling today as it was when it was first published 25 years ago. Think free. Live free. Be free.

Your Money or Your Life
by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
This is one of the most important books you'll ever read. Are you struggling to "get ahead" and wondering why you never feel fulfilled or satisfied? Do you hate your job? Is your family fragmenting? Dominguez and Robin point out that there's a big difference between "making a living" and making a life. But better yet, they present a detailed, specific plan for fixing your life. This book has one huge flaw; as lefties, the authors completely ignore the impact of taxes on our desperate daily struggle to get ahead. Still, their plan is sound and sensible.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living
by Carla Emery
This definitive classic on food, gardening, and self-sufficient living is a complete resource for living off the land with over 800 pages of collected wisdom from country maven, Carla Emery--how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, catch a pig, make soap, work with bees and more.

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
by Henry David Thoreau
This book also includes Thoreau's famous Walden; but it is Civil Disbedience whose message is a rallying cry for true freedom lovers today. You have a conscience. You have courage. Use them. Thoreau can reach out from the past to help you.

Community Technology
by Karl Hess
In the 1970's the late Karl Hess participated in a five-year social experiment in Washington D.C.'s Adam-Morgan neighborhood. Hess and several thousand others labored to make their neighbohood as self-sufficient as possible, turning to such innovative techniques as raising fish in basements, growing crops on rooftops and in vacant lots, installing self-contained bacteriolocial toilets, and planning a methanol plant to covert garbage to fuel. The book may be overly idealistic, but it carries the germ of a good idea. New introduction by Carol Moore, author of Davidian Massacre.

The Safe House
by Jefferson Mack
Brand new from the author of the now out-of-print Secret Freedom Fighter. How to operate a secret and safe refuge -- for spies, for underground railroads, for many purposes in an unfree country.

No Law Against Mercy
by Barbara Lyn, Rachel Lapp
The courageous Lapp sisters went to jail, along with several relatives and a friend, as a result of activities that resulted when they hid a teenage boy from the state agencies who were torturing him. This gentle and unique book is the story of their jail experiences -- how and why they would not cooperate with an unconstitutional justice system and how they survived. An inspiration for people of principle.

The Monkeywrench Gang
by Edward Abbey
When a gang of renegades sets forth on their mission to destroy the power lines, new road and bridges springing up across their cherished desert, all hell breaks loose. Free marketeers may not like their chosen targets. But you may learn from their attitudes and methods.

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