Last year, retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson’s book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation struck a chord with an American public reeling from news of earthquakes in Nepal, a disappeared Malaysian airline, and terrorist attack in Paris that killed 130. The tips were often over the top (“Construct a Rectal Concealment” and “Steal a Plane,” for example) and sometimes verged on Islamophobic, but that didn’t stop Emerson from selling hundreds of thousands of copies to people fighting back paranoia.
A year after the first book’s success, Emerson is publishing a follow-up: Deadly Skills: Survival Edition—The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Surviving in the Wild and Being Prepared for Any Disaster. Emerson targeted the new skills at an insulated, distracted modern society that barely remembers how to use a map. While the situations in this book are slightly more practical than in the first edition, they are just as entertaining. We’ve put together a sampling of the new skills here. For those in dire straits, each card also features a BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front), the military version of TL;DR.