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Creek Stewart is a survival expert and instructor at Willow Haven Outdoor. He also occasionally writes incredibly awesome articles for AoM, such as How to Field Dress a Squirrel, How to Make a Survival Shotgun, and, one of our most popular articles of all time, How to Make a Bug Out Bag. If you’re one of the many readers who found that post interesting and useful, consider preordering Creek’s new book on the subject: Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. The 200 page book includes 350 photos and goes much more in-depth about building and using your Bug Out Bag. The book covers:

  • A complete Bug Out Bag checklist that tells you exactly what to pack based on your survival skill level
  • Photos and explanations of every item you need in your bag
  • Resource lists to help you find and purchase gear
  • Practice exercises that teach you how to use almost everything in your bag
  • Demonstrations for multi-use items that save pack space and weight
  • Specific gear recommendations for common disasters

The book even includes special considerations for bugging out with children, the elderly, the physically disabled, and even pets.

If you’ve enjoyed Creek’s articles on the Art of Manliness, give the man some support by preordering Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit!



Need a last minute gift idea for a dad who’d like to do more hands-on projects with his kids in the new year? Allow me to recommend the book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred by David Erik Nelson. The book is packed with tutorials on how to make 24 fun, cool, and quirky projects. Such as:

  • Lock-n-Latch Treasure Chest
  • The Dirt-Cheap Amp
  • The $10 Electric Guitar
  • Cardboard Boomerang
  • Pop-Can Flyer
  • Fedex Kites
  • Marshmallow Muzzleloader
  • Electro-Didgeridoo

Almost all the projects can be made on the cheap, frequently employ materials you’ll already have lying around the house, and are designed for the absolute beginner–even if you’ve never had any experience doing the kind of skills involved in the project, the result will still probably turn out well. You and your kids will both learn new skills, and you’ll enjoy the projects just as much as they do. You can start on your first project on Christmas Day–once the four hours of interest your kids show in their new toys wears off.

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Its no secret that we’re big fans of Theodore Roosevelt on the Art of Manliness. No man is perfect, but he’s as close as you can get to a true paragon of manliness. Virtuous and industrious, he was devoted to living the strenuous life and accomplished more in his lifetime than most men can even dream about. Reading about his life has been a constant source of inspiration to me.

I get a lot of emails asking which TR-themed books I recommend. So in honor of Roosevelt’s 153rd birthday, here are a few recommendations:

When it comes to biographies, I think the best are the three books Edmund Morris wrote: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt. Each book covers a different stage of TR’s life, and reading the trilogy will give you an in-depth look at Teddy’s life.

If you’re looking for practical take-away lessons from TR’s life, check out Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership. Author James Strock does a fantastic job of distilling leadership principles from the experiences of Roosevelt’s life.

If you want to read the writings of the man himself, dig into The Strenuous Life. It’s a collection of some of his best essays and addresses and it offers plenty of thought-provoking content and bull moose-style inspriation. And you can read it for free on Google books.

Once you’ve read all those, if you’re still thirsty for more TR, definitely give the River of Doubt a read. It’s an engrossing look at the arduous Amazonian journey TR took at the end of his life. If you aren’t in awe of TR after reading the above books, this will give you a real appreciation for the man.



If you’re an entrepreneur or do creative work for a living, there’s one thing that often holds you back from reaching your full potential– uncertainty. “Will this project be a success or an utter failure?” “What will people think of this idea?” “What if I’m wrong?”

This fear of the unknown holds many people back from taking the necessary risks in order to achieve the success they want. As a guy who runs a website for a living, I wrestle with this uncertainty every day. Most days I can manage my self-doubt, but some days uncertainty gets the best of me.

In his new book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance, author and entrepreneur Jonathan Fields lays out practical advice to help individuals not only manage the uncertainty that creeps into any creative endeavor, but how to use fear and self-doubt to actually catapult you to your next level of success.

Fields’ advice isn’t only based on his own experience as an entrepreneur, but also on recent psychological studies in the areas of creativity, fear, and motivation. He also interviews dozens of entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and writers to see what they do to thrive despite the uncertainty they may feel. The result is a thorough guidebook to creative thriving.

Uncertainty is a must read for any man who has ambitions to break free from the traditional job path and strike out on their own. Check it out!



In case you couldn’t tell from the invisible ink article, I love all think spy-related. So this book, Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2, looks like a lot of fun. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to build 30 different mini spy weapons and surveillance tools using household items and office supplies. Learn how to make things like a pen blowgun, a paper dart watch, and a toothpaste periscope. This is the sequel to the first Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, which included instructions on how to make things like a spoon catapult and a clip crossbow:

These books would be a cool present for a boy in your life, or for the man who needs to protect his lunch from thieves at work.

Via Cool Material