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Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon

The word ‘prepper’ seems to have burst onto the scene within the last 10 years, and has increasingly become associated with “fringe” extremists. They have been labeled by some as “domestic terrorists.”

But is prepping a new phenomenon? Or is it a manifestation of a growing collective psyche that has learned, from traumatic events throughout our history, that preparedness is critical to human survival?

• For new preppers who think the worst is yet to come, this book offers a walk through history that shows the worst has been here before.
• For those who wonder why so many people are concerned about being prepared, this book will show that when the worst has made an appearance, those who weathered it best were those who were best prepared.
• For those already familiar with history’s worst who think, “THAT will never happen again!”—this book offers a reminder of the Wall Street adage:
“Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
• For those who wonder what a prepper is, this book offers a look at what they used to be—and what they are today

Lynda is a resilience-minded person, born and raised in New England. She is the co-founder and president of Bolton Local, a not-for-profit organization in Bolton MA, whose mission is to teach people how local solutions can help communities meet the many challenges that face us today.

She and her husband and live in a 19th-Century farmhouse on just under an acre of land. They manage “Little Acre Farm”—with a large organic garden and a small flock of chickens, ably assisted by their self-appointed guard dog and his sidekick mouser cat. Lynda’s husband keeps himself occupied during spring, summer and fall with cutting and splitting the wood that warms their house in the winter months, while she keeps busy tending the garden and preserving the harvest. In March, they make their own maple syrup from the sap collected from a small grove of maple trees.

Although she says she’s always been of a self-reliant mind, she’s only discovered “prepping” in recent years. She doesn’t count herself as an expert, but says she’s on the upside of a long learning curve of improving her level of self-reliance.

Lynda is also a writer and editor who has had an editorial career at newspapers in Central MA, but retired from the newspaper world to pursue a career in freelance writing and editing. As a freelance writer, she was a contributor to Bow Tie’s Hobby Farm Home, Urban Farm, and Chickens magazines. Her article on sustainability appeared as the cover feature in the premiere issue of Urban Farm.

As a freelance editor, she has worked on Prepper Press publications and books by travel writer Daniel Davidson.

Her book is available from,, and digital versions in both Kindle and Nook formats.


James Talmage Stevens Host ImageJames Talmage Stevens, Author

James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores and gardening were standard fare––plowing the back 40 behind a stubborn mule was substandard! In 1974, upon finishing graduate school with 4 young children and no prospects for a job due to economic conditions during a national economic slump, James reverted to his past experiences on the farm and chronicled in his notebook, along with some hand-me-down recipes from his mother and grandmother. Noting there were no viable books that dealt with all the basics, i.e.: a broad range of food products, he began to utilize his analytical skills, organizing handwritten notes, recipes, and food lore into one volume of information. He spent his spare time while job-hunting, and Making the Best of Basics was created. Before going to press, the subtitle Family Preparedness Handbook was added to distinguish Basics… from the emergency preparedness genre of the existing Civil Defense and governmental agency information.

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