The publication had a lot of positive reviews so I decided to read its preface. In the preface, the author speaks briefly about expectations.
He said that his grandparents’ generation hardly had any luxuries that we’re all accustomed to.
The author’s grandmother didn’t expect ready-made clothes. For her, being a knitter wasn’t a hobby, it was a compulsion.
This subtle point raised alarm bells in my mind.
How could I overlook the fact that improvements in technology have imperceptibly changed the way we shape our expectations?
Impressed by this outlook, I decided to purchase The Lost Ways.
I wouldn’t class it as your typical survival guide.
Although various chapters of the book touch on apocalypse scenarios, the book didn’t make me a ‘survival guru.’
Instead, it set me on a path to learn and gather many skills that we take for granted in our modern society.
Just think about it – what will we do if electricity stops for a month and there’s a shortage of candles?
Are we equipped to create candles?
We wouldn’t even be able to travel to safer places given the way we’ve shaped our road system – it’s built purely for people who have cars!
The book touches on such basic issues.
While some parts of the book are instructional and to the point, the author does not shy away from delving into philosophical concepts such as the effects technological dependence will have on our evolution.
Without further ado, let’s explore whether The Lost Ways lives up to the claims made by the author.
To call it a guidebook or an instructional book would be unfair because it’s vastly different from your average guidebook.
Given that the book is on its third edition, the term ‘program’ suits much better.
Now, what’s the goal of this program?
It is to re-introduce humans to skills and information that we’ve known and practiced for generations.
These skills have been shrugged off the carpet of technology.
Using elaborate worst-case scenarios, the author carefully explains how these ancient skills which may seem mundane to most of us, could help in saving our lives!
This era is characterized by diminishing resources and increasing pollution-related problems.
This program points out that many of the challenges we face today have been faced by our ancestors centuries ago.
Did our ancestors fail?
We wouldn’t be here if they did!
So, how are we, with all of our conveniences, our electrical appliances, and cell phones, failing these battles that have already been won in the past?
The author addresses these deep questions with great aplomb.
However, The Lost Ways program doesn’t waste too much time filling your brain with sinecure philosophies.
The balance between these philosophical discussions and direct instructions is perfect in this book.
As you’ll read through the 350 pages of this book, you’ll learn how ancient people dealt with wars, famines, and natural calamities.
You’ll also learn how to become more like our ancestors!
For instance, there’s a chapter in the publication called ‘How the Early Pioneers Built Self-Feeding fire.’
By reading this short chapter, it’ll become very clear to the reader how building fires was essential to global civilizations.
I tried out the process mentioned by the author and to my surprise, it worked perfectly!
Not only does the information provided in the book enables readers to mentally overcome unexpected occurrences in life, but it also provides direct instructions on how we can rebuild communities in case there is an actual disaster!
The author Claude Davis deserves a lot of credit for keeping the narrative style of the book easy to understand yet extremely exciting.
He shares his childhood experiences with his grandparents and parents and explains the importance of passing on knowledge from one generation to another.
He also takes us on a hypothetical ride by explaining how to survive without depending on any technological tools.
From hunting/gathering to creating painkillers at home with herbs and plants – this 350-page book covers numerous aspects of survival and ancient knowledge.
Name of the Product – The Lost Ways Book
Author/Creator – Claude Davis
Product Type – Digital Publication
Bonus Products – 3 additional guidebooks – both audio and video format.
As you can see, I was really excited after reading the first few chapters of the book.
So, I looked into the author Claude Davis’ profile.
Unsurprisingly, he is a professional survival expert.
But, what sets him apart from your run-of-the-mill survival gurus is that he has over thirty years of real-life experience in dealing with life-threatening situations all across the United States of America.
This experienced point of view doesn’t prevent him from keeping his explanations as simple as possible.
His creative writing style, flashbacks to memories with his grandparents, and the use of simplistic language make this book quite the treat.
I found myself returning to many chapters in the book even weeks after I had finished reading it.
His quality writing compelled me to make those revisits!
From what I understood, Claude Davis is the man you want by your side in case you find yourself in a dire situation where there’s no help or technological assistance whatsoever.
His Motivation to Write This Book
His motivation to write this book is similar to my experience of feeling high and dry while attempting to help my daughter with her school assignment.
He speaks intensively about our disconnected society.
He says that most of the youth and young adults of the 21st century have no idea about survival skills.
To help such people, Claude Davis created this one-stop shop for information about survival.
I looked up other papers, reviews, and comments made about this book by other survival experts.
Many of them claimed to be admirers of Davis’ unique ability to compile a plethora of information regarding all types of survival techniques.
From the Stone Age era to the early 20th century – the author explains how our survival skills have evolved through the ages.
This explanation is fitting because Davis is now peddling survival-related information on digital platforms.
His eBook can be downloaded on phones or computers.
These subtle ironies and details make Davis’ book one of the best in the market.
Overall, my impression of Claude Davis is that he is as American as it gets.
For instance, in one of the chapters of the book entitled ‘Lost Recipes from the 18th Century,’…
…he vividly explains the types of foods ancient settlers ate while pushing west into the perilous and unidentified territories.
Contrary to popular belief, being ‘American’ in the past wasn’t about excess consumption.
It was about using minimal ingredients to make nutritious meals!
Some other ‘American’ traits of the author that I loved include:
The chapters on how to make ‘weapons’ without any modern equipment
How to cook delightful and nutritious poultices with organic ingredients
How to create animal traps as the first settlers did during the deadly winter months
The Native American style of building spacious underground bunkers
I loved how the ‘true Americano’ nature of Clade Davis is clearly demonstrated by his passion for truly American learnings.
Why Was The Book Written?
The Lost Ways survival book was created to help people like me get in touch with nature, our history, and past versions of human beings.
Some of the things that the book mentions (human achievements, tragedies, etc.) are too hard to believe.
This unique way of associating hypothetical situations with real-life scenarios keeps readers’ eyes stuck to the pages of the book.
In essence, this book is also a tribute to the older generations.
Some of their achievements are truly unfathomable.
With their example, it becomes easier for us to defy turbulent times and stay on our feet no matter what the calamity.
All the ideas mentioned in The Lost Ways have been previously successful.
Some of the greatest men in history used these tactics.
So, expect some chills to go through your body as you learn about George Washington’s daily routine.
In the words of the author, his inspiration to compile this information was:
“As a species, we are reaching a tipping point. There are seven billion of us on this small blue planet, with around 1 million more people being added every 4.8 days. We may well find that in the coming years, those old skills used by our grandparents suddenly become needed again. The next major crisis, EMP, war, or any major disaster that you can think of will teach us the hard way. Many of us will die because so many of us are so detached from the real life.” –(Clause Davis, in The Lost Ways)
Most of the ideas presented in the book were once the key to the creation of long-lasting empires such as the United States of America.
The Lost Ways Program aims to help citizens revert back to this path of glory and we’ll explore more of that in this Lost Ways review.
The Essence of The Handbook
While it’s hard to pinpoint the ‘essence’ of such a comprehensive survival book if I had to pinpoint a few essential learnings, I’d mention these three:
The first vital lesson
Never take your life or your gifts for granted.
In case of calamity strikes, we’ll all have to be self-dependent.
Under such circumstances, we’ll be forced to climb out of our personal spaces and connect with other humans and most importantly with nature.
The second vital lesson
Learn from our forefathers.
You don’t have to be a Native American to know how to build a Native American safe house.
The great thing about history is that it’s accessible to everyone.
The author makes the most of this fact by taking us back to various historical events.
From rubbing rocks to build fire to using Japanese construction techniques to build a DIY water purification system…the amount of practical information in this book backed by historical evidence is astonishing.
When we’re viewing ancient survival skills through modern lenses, we need to respect our forefathers.
The third vital lesson
The third and the most important lesson that I learned from The Lost Ways by Claude Davis is that no one’s helpless.
Even a person lost in a dense Sahara jungle should see the positives of the scenario and focus on self-preservation and improvements.
Playing the ‘victim card’ at every chance you get is hapless.
The Lost Ways survival book directs its readers to take control of their lives.
In addition to the main book entitled, The Lost Ways, your purchase will also be accompanied by three bonus books.
1) What Every Survivalist Should Grow in His Backyard
Expand on your knowledge about edible plants.
Learn about the most common plants that you’re most likely to find close to your home.
Read about the different recipes that you can create with these simple plants.
Build a continuous amazing food supply by mastering how to grow, harvest, and store these unique plants.
2) How to Outlive an EMP, The Early Pioneer Way
Find out how our self-sufficient forefathers elongated their lifespans by investing not in technology but in themselves.
I just finished reading this book and it completely changed my mind when it comes to topics such as:
The importance of social relationships,
3) Building Your Own Can Rotation System
The last chapter of The Lost Ways survival book discusses how to build water wheels on your own.
This book expands on this topic.
It also contains information regarding storing food, how to detect signs of food going stale, and a lot more.
Get full practical knowledge about water filtration.
One of my friends who also purchase this package loved this bonus book better than the Lost Ways!
He is already building his own Can Rotation System!
Who the Book Is Not For…
When I first bought this book, I thought to myself, ‘finally a book that no one can hate.’
To my surprise, I did read a few negative comments about The Lost Ways on some forums.
Based on those negative comments, I can affirm that if you belong to one of these categories, you probably won’t enjoy experiencing The Lost Ways.
1) People who only read fictional books
There’s nothing fictional about The Lost Ways.
All the information in the book is based on the author’s years of experience as a survival expert.
He doesn’t mollycoddle the reader into a sense of familiarity.
He speaks of absurd yet logical situations.
2) People who don’t enjoy manual labor
One of the core aspects of this book is to drive humanity back onto the path of manual labor, long working days, and self-dependence.
People who have no wish to steer away from their lethargic lifestyles won’t be able to enjoy this book.
To really reap the benefits of the self-dependency plans/measures mentioned in the book, readers will have to invest their time.
For the past month, I’ve been practicing Cattail recipes and practicing basic carpentry.
Will all readers have the time or enthusiasm to carry out these steps?
Reviews from Customers
There are thousands of reviews about The Lost Ways book.
Here are some relatable comments that caught my eyes:
“This book made me think about my grandparents. Although I’ve forgotten a lot of her teachings, I’ll make sure to learn more”
I couldn’t agree more! This book will make you look at our forefathers in an esteemed manner!
“I’m starting to become more self-independent. I thought buying solar panels was enough. Now I’m realizing the importance of manual labor!”
Josh is a friend to who I recommended this book.
He sent me this message after completing all four books (including the bonus books).
I couldn’t feel prouder to have him follow me on this lifelong journey of learning basic survival skills!
Like the people mentioned above, I too loved various aspects of this book.
Here are some of them:
It is easy to read. No complicated lingo.
Many steps mentioned in the guide are very easy to implement. I’ve already kickstarted my journey to become a master of ancient recipes!
The step-by-step instructions make it very easy to build some of the systems or devices mentioned in the book.
No additional purchases. Buy the Lost Ways book and get four books for the price of one!
Most of the materials mentioned in the book are easily accessible. There’s no need to spend an additional amount buying goods off the internet. The point of the book is to make us less dependent on modern technology and materialistic goods!
Quite cheap compared to other survival guides.
I e-mailed The Lost Ways website with some queries about certain sections in the book. They replied promptly, leaving me very pleased with their customer service.
Absolutely not! I’ve read the book and can affirm that it shares relevant information that can be applied to our daily lives.
Is it liked by critics?
It has a 3.8/5 rating on Goodreads. It has been widely loved by readers. Some critics point out the book’s comprehensiveness to say that there’s ‘too much information to register.’
In my opinion, these types of complaints comes from those who are really lazy to read. But for ardent readers, this claim is hardly true.
Is the website reliable?
As a buyer myself, I can confirm that the website is completely safe to use!
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