Everyone has their own opinion on books like this one. Me? It taught me plenty of survival tips and techniques that I didn't know. The explanations were straight forward and easy to understand and absorb. I would hope that I never have to use most of what is in here but I sure feel more comfortable venturing into the wilderness after having read through this book and going back to specific sections that interested me. Of course, the real way to learn these techniques is to actually plan to practice a few of them each time you go backpacking, camping or maybe just on a day hike. It breaks up the monotony and when two or three of you are into doing this it's a fun way to wind down after a long (or not so long) hike.