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

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

by Matthew Stein
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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 Details

ISBN-13: 9781933392455
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2008
Edition description: Revised and updated second edition
Pages: 493
Sales rank: 284,794
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Over the course of his life and career as an engineer and building contractor, Matthew Stein built hurricane-resistant, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly homes and designed consumer water-filtration devices, commercial water-filtration systems, and automated assembly machinery among other things. His books include When Technology Fails and When Disaster Strikes. Matthew passed away in 2018. Visit his websites at and

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When Technology Fails 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TOP93 More than 1 year ago
This book is 1/2 reference to other books, 1/4 Global Warming, 1/4 Soap and Candles making save your money and get a good U S Mil. Survive book and buy First Aid Supplies with the money you save and Google how to make Soap. There are great Web site that have this info and you won't have to plow thought the 200 pages of references to other books and Manuals. Jon Morgan MSgt USMC (RET) Cold Weather and desert Survival Trainer
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DakotaJr More than 1 year ago
Matthew Stein's comprehensive guide to surviving the "long emergency" is informative and well orgainzed. It provides critical analysis of all threats relevant to the modern world. It provides case specific information as well as general and basic survival skills. If you've ever wondered what you should do in an emergency, this book can probably answer your questions. If not, Stein provides numerous references on every topic. Every home should have Stein's essential handbook on hand. You never know when your goning to need it.
debi9 More than 1 year ago
It will happen, and when it does, if you have this book, you're definately prepared !!!
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