Some survival guides and books are really useful if you're in a situation where you need to rely on your primitive skills.
Here's a list of our favorites. We hope you will find these to be valuable tools for developing your primitive skills.
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification
This is a good book to identify the plant families. It doesn't tell you specifics, but it's good to know the general rules for medicinal and edible plants if you're out in the wild and what to guess what something is. This new 2013 edition has detailed color drawings.
The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
This one has excellent diagrams and color photographs. It only provides detail on certain plants, but very in depth on those, and they are the wild ones most pleasant to eat. It's a great guide for easy foraging.
Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Here's a second book by the same author, another excellent guide for delicious and easy foraging.
98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive
An excellent first book on survival, the title refers to the importance of keeping a good core body temperature. You can go without water for about 3 days, but you can die within hours if you get too cold.
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
Here is Cody Lundin's second book. This one is more about disaster preparedness and survival psycology, but it's also full of useful information for long term survival.
Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills
This is a good overall book on primitive skills. It talks about building shelters, fire starting techniques, water purification, wild edibles, hunting, and simple clothing.
Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors
A book on real life situations and survival, many of these stories talk about sailors who were stranded after shipwrecks, but there are some modern accounts, too. It's not a how-to manual, but it's interesting and inspiring.