Book Review: Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon

“A group of preppers is sitting around a campfire. One person has a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide, while another is reading the fiction novel World War Z.” What are they talking about? They’re talking about how to survive if zombies attack or if there’s an apocalypse. “There must be something we can do,” one says. “We need to know what happened and why!” exclaims another. “I’m not ready for this,” cries the first person with The Zombie Survival Guide in hand. And so begins Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon by James Wesley Rawles, because being prepared for anything – even if it’s just an apocalyptic zombie invasion – starts with knowing your history!

1. What did you think of the book?

2. I’m interested in prepping, myself, but what is your opinion on the idea that preppers are paranoid to a point where it would cause something like Y2K or The Rapture to occur?

3. What do you think of those who refuse vaccinations for their children out of fear for these types of events occurring?

4. Do you believe that mankind will survive and reach a point in time when immortality can be attained through science?

5. Technology is advancing very quickly and some have said that we could soon create an intellectual life form- or robot-that is smarter than humans; if we were able to create this sort of being, what would happen

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