While there is a lot of useful advice in this book, all of it is buried beneath the author's political soapbox; separating the useful information from the ranting against the intrusion of government into the lives of private citizens becomes a chore very quickly. (It took me well over a year just to get through this book, and I've been known to read through books with 50k word counts in a weekend.) It is true that some places have written or unwritten rules against a lot of the practices of the DIY and off-grid lifestyles. That can't and shouldn't be avoided or glossed over. But this book definitely goes too far in the other direction; the first three chapters are more or less a political manifesto.
All of this highlights a problem that might otherwise have gone unnoticed; with all the focus on how the government is getting in the way, there is very little practical advice on how to either work towards changing government policy to be less hostile to off-grid living or evading government scrutiny when using these strategies. Either one of those could have been a complete chapter on its own, and there is definitely a demand for that kind of information. By the same token, the emphasis on the potential legal perils of living unhooked from the grid does as much to discourage those who might otherwise be interested in it as the actual physical and logistical challenges involved; in other words, the author is scaring away her potential audience. In Life After Doomsday by Dr. Bruce Clayton, he recalled going to a meeting of disarmament activists during the Cold War and finding their persuasion methods to be sorely lacking at best, and counterproductive at worst, and the author makes the same mistakes here by spending too much time on the negative.
If you are the type of person that is angry all the time about things you feel that you can't control or change, then you'll probably like this book even if you don't actually plan to use the information inside, because of the sense of solidarity. If you just want to get right to brass tacks when it comes to living without utilities... well, you're going to have to do some digging. Bring a shovel and some knee high rubber boots.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)