• "As the scouts say – be prepared! Say your prayers that you never need this book"

    Bear Grylls
  • "A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living… This is the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time"

    Peter Forbes, Independent
  • "An extraordinary achievement... It is a great read even if civilisation does not collapse. If it does, it will be the sacred text of the new world — Dartnell that world’s first great prophet"

    The Times
  • "The ultimate do-it-yourself guide to ‘rebooting’ human civilization"

  • "A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology"

    Steven Poole, Guardian

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