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  • 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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