Last updated on April 10th, 2021 at 11:13 pm
Welcome to my honest review of the Lost Ways survival 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 down to my daughter.
But to my surprise, when I sat down to build a birdhouse (that was the project), I found myself to be 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 to myself, ‘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 technology?
The stats certainly suggest that:
- 84% of cell phone users say that 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 it 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 that 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 readymade 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.
Here's What's In Store For You...
- The Lost Ways Handbook – All You Need to Know
- What is The Lost Ways?
- Who Made It – A Bit about the Author
- Why Was The Lost Ways Created?
- The Essence of The Lost Ways
- The Bonus Books
- Who the Product Is Not For…
- What I disliked about The Lost Ways
- What the People Have to Say/Reviews of the Lost Ways
- What I Loved About the Lost Ways
- Key Takeaways from The Lost Ways Handbook
- My Favorite Chapters of the Book
- Buying the Book
- Frequently Asked Questions About the Lost Ways?
The Lost Ways Handbook – All You Need to Know
What is The Lost Ways?
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 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 under the carpet of technology.
Using elaborate worst-case scenarios, the author carefully explains how these ancient skills that 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 don’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
- Author/Creator – Claude Davis
- Product Type – Digital Publication
- Bonus Products – 3 additional guidebooks.
- Official Website: www.thelostways.com
Who Made It – A Bit about the Author
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 experiences 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 preserve water like a native Californian
- How to clean water like the Ancient Native Americans
- How to create animal traps like 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 Lost Ways Created?
The Lost Ways handbook was created to help people like me get in touch with nature, with our history, and with 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.
The Essence of The Lost Ways
While it’s hard to pinpoint the ‘essence’ of such a comprehensive 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 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 safehouse.
The great thing about history is that it’s accessible for 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 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 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 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 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 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 Product 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.
What I disliked about The Lost Ways
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?
What the People Have to Say/Reviews of the Lost Ways
There are thousands of reviews about The Lost Ways.
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”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 who I recommended this book to.
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!
What I Loved About the Lost Ways
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 makes it very easy to build some of the systems or devices mentioned in the book.
- No additional purchases. Buy the Lost Ways 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 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.
Key Takeaways from The Lost Ways Handbook
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, even someone 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 step by step guides.
I also loved the tactful quotes the author added at the beginning of each chapter.
I definitely 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 every month.
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 accurately details the importance of staying prepared for all types of scenarios.
The author mentions a lot of ways in which 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.
When we apply similar measures to our professional or personal lives, the results will be equally positive.
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 America 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 that 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 the resources you already have is much more important than fending for new resources.
Preserving energy is just as important as preserving clean water.
The eBook is full of information dedicated to cleaning, collecting, and storing fresh water.
It also provides a lot of information on preparing food items full of nutrition from simple resources.
For instance, there’s an entire section describing the numerous recipes that we can create from just 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 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 can be used to create so many nutritious and tasty dishes!
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, how to 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 the preparing ‘Herbal Poultice.’
Ancient Natives used poultice 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 American recipes to treat 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 – our city is being bombarded by an enemy nation 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)
- Red Grass and
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 of the methods may seem outlandish to us but we can apply a lot of that knowledge to protect our families from intruders, vandals, or looters.
Another great feature spot on the book is by Erik Bainbridge, a famous Native American security expert.
He details how Ancient Americans created subterranean roundhouse or bunkers using very little resources.
These small bunkers were astonishingly safe and spacious.
They were used to store water and food during tribal wars or weather calamities.
It’s strange how we too can build these structures out of nothing, yet, we choose to spend vicariously on substandard security measures.
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 that 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 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 Poultice 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 coupled with the step by step guides makes these chapters stand out for me!
Buying the Book
It’s currently on sale there for 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.
If you’re looking for a new perspective on life, there aren’t many better books than The Lost Ways.
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 is what 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 Lost Ways 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 the Lost Ways 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 Lost Ways website reliable?
As a buyer myself, I can confirm that the website is completely safe to use!