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Welcome to my comprehensive review of the Lost Ways book by Claude Davis

I was recently asked by my daughter to help her out with her arts and crafts assignments.

Being a son of an ardently helpful mother, I was excited to share all the knowledge that she had accumulated with my daughter.

But to my surprise, when I sat down to build a birdhouse (that was the project), I was utterly helpless.

We couldn’t kickstart the project without watching a YouTube tutorial first.

Then, we had to order some stuff from Amazon.

While the project went quite well, I was very disappointed in the way we executed the process of building a simple birdhouse.

I wondered, ‘What would my mother have done without these technological tools?’

As these thoughts lingered in my head, I started learning more about our dependency on technology as a race.

Have we let all of our ancient customs, practices, and instincts slip because of our dependency on modern technology?

The stats certainly suggest that:

    • 84% of cell phone users say they can’t spend a day without their phones.
  • Mobile phone owners check their screens every 6.5 minutes
  • 50% of cell phone owners admitted to sleeping with their phones right next to them. They didn’t want to miss a single call or notification
  • Checking cell phones can be compared to a disease or an addiction

I’m sure you didn’t need to verify these stats to be sure of our technology addiction.

We can see every day that humans aren’t connected with each other and with the world as we once used to be.

We’ve given up the skills our grandparents took decades to hone for Google searches.

Feeling a bit ashamed about my overdependency on technology, even to do the most menial tasks, I started looking up guides and books on how to stop this addiction

I found this digital publication called ‘The Lost Ways.’

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 gradually 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 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 how 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 technological dependence’s effects on our evolution.

Without further ado, let’s explore whether The Lost Ways lives up to the claims made by the author.

The Lost Ways Handbook – All You Need to Know

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What is The Survival Guide All About?

The Lost Ways is a digital publication.

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 me much better.

Now, what’s the goal of this program?

It is to re-introduce humans to skills and information 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 save 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 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, a chapter in the publication called How the Early Pioneers Built Self-Feeding fire.’

This short chapter will make it 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 book’s narrative style 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 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.
  • Official Website:

Who Made It – A Bit About the Author

As you can see, I was excited after reading the book’s first few chapters.

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 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 returned to many chapters in the book weeks after finishing 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 claimed to be admirers of Davis’ unique ability to compile various information regarding all types of survival techniques.

From the Stone Age to the early 20th century – the author explains how our survival skills have evolved through the ages.

This explanation is fitting because Davis now peddles 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 book’s chapters entitled ‘Lost Recipes from the 18th Century,’

…he vividly explains the types of foods ancient settlers ate while pushing west into the dangerous 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 preserve water like a native Californian
  • How to clean water like the Ancient Native Americans
  • 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 demonstrated by his passion for genuinely American learning.

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.

The book mentions some things (human achievements, tragedies, etc.) that are too hard to believe.

This unique way of associating hypothetical situations with real-life scenarios keeps readers’ eyes stuck to the book’s pages.

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 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 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 ideas presented in the book were once the key to creating long-lasting empires such as the United States of America.

The Lost Ways Program aims to help citizens revert 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, 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 building a 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.

We need to respect our forefathers when viewing ancient survival skills through modern lenses.

The third vital lesson

The third and 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.

The Bonus Books

In addition to the main book entitled, The Lost Ways, your purchase will accompany three bonus books.

They are:

1) What Every Survivalist Should Grow in His Backyard

Expand on your knowledge about edible plants.

Learn about the most common plants 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:

  • Health
  • Exercise
  • The importance of social relationships,
  • Etc.

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, detecting signs of food going stale, and much more.

Get full practical knowledge about water filtration.

One of my friends who also purchased 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 read some negative comments about The Lost Ways on some forums.

Based on those negative comments, I can affirm that you probably won’t enjoy experiencing The Lost Ways if you belong to one of these categories.

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 satisfy the reader with 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 sedentary lifestyles won’t be able to enjoy this book.

The Cons


To reap the benefits of the self-dependency plans/measures mentioned in the book, readers will have to invest their time.

I’ve been practicing Cattail recipes and basic carpentry for the past month.

Will all readers have the time or enthusiasm to carry out these steps?

Probably not!

Reviews from Customers

There are thousands of reviews about The Lost Ways book.

Here are some relatable comments that caught my eye:

“This book made me think about my grandparents. Although I’ve forgotten a lot of her teachings, I’ll make sure to learn more”

Jessy Kipling.

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 Atkins.

Josh is a friend to who I recommended this book.

After completing all four books (including the bonus books), he sent me this message.

I couldn’t feel prouder to have him follow me on this lifelong journey of learning basic survival skills!

The Pros

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 jargon.
  • 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 building some of the systems or devices mentioned in the book very easy.
  • No additional purchases. Buy the Lost Ways book and get four books for one!
  • Most of the materials mentioned in the book are easily accessible. There’s no need to spend additional money buying goods off the internet. The book’s point 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 book sections. They replied promptly, leaving me very pleased with their customer service.

Key Takeaways

In terms of survival guides, there’s none better than the Lost Ways.

The author borrows from multiple authors to share a plethora of ancient survival techniques that can still come in use today.

I’m certain that anyone with zero interest in survival learning will like reading this book.

It’s relatively short, given that most of the 350 pages in the book consist of recipes and a step-by-step guide.

I also loved the tactful quotes the author added at the beginning of each chapter.

I found myself valuing my family a lot more than usual after reading this book.

I also started thinking about things such as protecting my family, becoming self-dependent, etc.

I’ve already started applying some cost-cutting skills mentioned in the book in my day-to-day life.

I’m investing more in maintaining my belongings instead of expecting to buy new products monthly.

I also made my wife read the book.

Her love for cooking multiplied ten times after reading the inexpensive recipes mentioned in the book.

Overall, here are my takeaways from The Lost Ways:

1) The Importance of Staying Prepared for All Types of Situations

The Lost Ways book accurately details the importance of preparing for all scenarios.

The author mentions many ways we can deal with apocalypses, nuclear winters, etc., should these calamities ever become part of our realities.

According to the book, staying prepared and not letting the situation faze us is the first step to successful survival.

2) The Importance of Proactivity

Claude Davis has spent thirty years as a proactive survival expert.

His outlook on life has certainly treated him well.

He speaks at length about the importance of taking proactive measures during survival.

The results will be equally positive when we apply similar measures to our professional or personal lives.

For instance, the author narrates the Donner party incident to explain the importance of proactivity.

The Donner Party was one of the most famous tragedies in American history.

Emigrants packed in ninety-wagon trains got stuck in the middle of Sierra Nevada during the winters.

Unfortunately, they all perished because of their inability to be proactive in certain situations.

The subtle point I gained from this chapter was that proactivity minimizes resource loss – be it time, money, or energy!

3) Why Investing in Self-Preservation is Key?

In survival, preserving your existing resources is much more important than fending for new resources.

Preserving energy is just as important as preserving clean water.

The eBook contains information dedicated to cleaning, collecting, and storing freshwater.

It also provides much information on preparing nutritious food items full of nutrition from simple resources.

For instance, there’s an entire section describing the numerous recipes we can create from the Cattail plant.

This section describes the edible parts of cattail during spring, late spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Some of the Cattail recipes mentioned in the book that even an amateur cook like me can prepare to include:

  • Scalloped cattails
  • Cattail pollen biscuits
  • Cattail pollen pancakes
  • Cattail casserole
  • Cattail acorn bread
  • Cattail wild rice pilaf and
  • Cattail wild rice soup.

All of these dishes are full of rich nutrients.

Since I live in a wetland region, I’ve come across numerous cattail plants in my life.

Never did I think that this normal-looking plant could be used to create so many nutritious and tasty dishes!

Guess what?

I’ve taken the author’s advice and started being more watchful of how the cattail crops near my home mature during different seasons.

In addition to cattail, the book also speaks of carnivorous dishes that we can prepare in case we find ourselves amidst a calamity.

The author details how to make traps for animals, smoke fish, build smokehouses to cook meat, etc.

The author also shares how traditional herbs can be used to heal infections.

An entire section of the book is dedicated to preparing ‘Herbal Poultice.’

Native American scouts used poultices to heal their wounds, and now we can, too, thanks to this book.

Some Poultice recipes shared in the book include:

  • Cataplasma Aromaticum
  • Soothing Poultice
  • Mustard Poultice and
  • Other Native Americans’ recipes for treating abscesses

4) Natural Medicines

In various sections of the book, the author touches on how we’ve collectively lost the art of creating medicines on our own from natural resources.

Imagine this scenario – an enemy nation bombards our city, and there’s no way to access medical supplies. Your leg is shot with a bullet and the pain amidst this chaos is unbearable.

What can we do?

Readers of this book will know that wild lettuce (commonly known as opium lettuce) can be crushed and consumed as a natural painkiller!

The plant has morphine-like features, making it one of the strongest natural painkillers known to mankind.

You can grow wild lettuce in your backyard!

Don’t worry; it’s completely legal to grow wild lettuce.

Some other herbs and plant recipes immortalized in “The Lost Way” include:

  • Common Chickweed
  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
  • Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)
  • Lady’s Thumb (Polygonum persicaria)
  • Mint (both Mentha piperita and Mentha spicata)
  • Mulberry
  • Red Grass and
  • Peppergrass

5) Security

What keeps this book as interesting as always are the insights from other experts.

For instance, Ruff Simons, a ‘Wild West’ history expert, shares his insight on how the early settlers and sheriffs protected their towns.

Some methods may seem outlandish, but we can apply that knowledge to protect our families from intruders, vandals, or looters.

Another great feature spot in the book is by Erik Bainbridge, a famous Native American security expert.

He details how Ancient Americans created subterranean roundhouses or bunkers using very few resources.

These small bunkers were astonishingly safe and spacious.

They were used to store water and food during natural disasters, tribal wars, weather calamities or economic crises.

It’s strange how we, too, can build these structures out of nothing, yet, we choose to spend vicariously on substandard security measures.

6) Hunting

Being a true American author, survival expert, and patriot, Davis had to dedicate a section of the book to hunting.

Another firearms expert Mike Searson also joins in on the action by sharing tactful hunting strategies.

Did you know you can kill more than one deer with one bullet?

That’s how the first settlers, who had no money to buy ammo, managed.

Learning all about the secrets of the first settlers is fascinating.

My Favorite Chapters of the Book

Although I enjoyed the book as a whole, some of my favorite chapters that made me revisit the book include:

  • How the Early Pioneers Built Self-Feeding Fire
  • The Survival Food of the U.S. Civil War
  • Lost Recipes from the 18th Century
  • How North American Natives and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican
  • Alternative Medicine
  • How the Pioneers Built Their Smokehouses
  • Step-by-step Guide on How to Build a Smokehouse the Pioneer Way
  • How to Smoke Meat the Right Way
  • How Sailors from the 17th Century Preserved Water in their Ships for Months on End Long-Term Water and food storage
  • Filtering Water Supplies
  • How to Make a Charcoal Japanese Water Filter
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Making Candles
  • How to Make Glue Out of Pine
  • How the Sheriffs from the Frontiers Defended Their Villages and Towns
  • Making Sourdough and Traditional and Survival Bark Bread
  • How to Make Sourdough Starter
  • How to Make Tasty Bread Like in 1869
  • How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultices to Heal Their Wounds
  • Letting the Sun and Moon Guide You
  • Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo
  • Recipe for Homemade Gunpowder
  • Spycraft: Military Correspondence during the 1700s to 1900s
  • How Our Forefathers MadeKnives
  • Building the Semi-Subterranean Roundhouse
  • How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
  • Building Your Own Water Wheel

I’ve already read these chapters thrice.

The historical context behind these topics and the step-by-step guides make these chapters stand out for me!

Buying the Book

Make sure to buy the digital and physical book from the official website.

It’s currently on sale there for the lowest price.

You’ll get the best discounts when you order directly from the book’s website.

Other resellers may charge more.

There are no shipping requirements, so anyone from around the world can get a copy of The Lost Ways book.

Plus, it’s got a 60-day money-back guarantee.


If you’re looking for a new perspective on life, there aren’t many better books than The Lost Ways survival guide.

It is designed to drill the key qualities of our forefathers into our minds.

You’ll surely appreciate the practical knowledge shared in the book.

But, the nostalgic feeling I got while learning about our previous generations made this book stand out for me.

Order the book now from the official website, you won’t regret it a bit!

Instead, you’ll feel a sense of immense transformation!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Lost Ways?

Is the book a Scam?

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!