James Ballou

Biography

Jim Ballou has been writing as a hobby for over twenty years. He has over a dozen titles in print. Additionally, he has written more than sixty magazine articles that have appeared in five different periodicals, including The Backwoodsman, Backwoods Home Magazine, Wilderness Way Magazine, Primitive Archer, Modern Survival Magazine, and The Survivalist Blog.

Ballou’s career has been in insurance sales, but his hobbies have included (among other things) hunting, fishing, camping, practicing outdoor skills, the shooting sports, archery, blacksmithing, leathercraft, treasure hunting, playing guitar, spending time with his wife and kids, and learning about history as well as so many other things. He first became interested in wilderness survival as a kid when he read the book, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, after first watching the movie version in the theater at least forty-five years ago.

Ballou served four years in the United States Army during the mid-late 1980s. He became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and left military service honorably after his enlistment ended with the rank of Sergeant E5. Although his four-year enlistment was entirely during peacetime, he considers the training he received, which included armorer’s school, jungle operations training in Panama, etc., to have been valuable on many levels.

He calls North Idaho home.

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Books

More Makeshift Workshop Skills
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 67,150. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2018 by Prepper Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Sustainable living
James Ballou tapped a nerve with his best-selling Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance , and now he's back with even more plans, projects, and concepts for do-it-yourself craftsmen, preppers, and anyone interested in creative improvised workshop methods.
Poor Man's Wilderness Survival Kit: Assembling Your Emergency Gear for Little or No Money
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 25,250. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2018 by Prepper Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Do-it-yourself / general, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Sustainable living
You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest emergency survival gear for your outdoor adventures when you can assemble a functional, well-stocked kit for little or no money! Best-selling preparedness author Jim Ballou shows you exactly how to do it.
Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 66,140. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2018 by Prepper Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
In today's high-tech society, even the most advanced devices and systems are not failsafe. Tools can break or wear out, batteries can go dead, and all sorts of malfunctions can render the modern conveniences we rely on totally useless. If quick replacements of failed items are not readily available, the ability to improvise and adapt in the workshop suddenly becomes very practical.
Long-Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age: Preparing to Live after Society Crumbles
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 43,800. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2018 by Prepper Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs, Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
Author Jim Ballou introduces you to the essential skills and mind-set you will need to survive a complete, long-term shift in the way the world operates. He tells you what items you need to assemble now and what skills will be priceless later. Learn how to assemble a survival workshop, recycle and salvage everything, develop survival bartering skills, prepare and store caches, and much, much more.
Arming for the Apocalypse: Assembling Your Survival Arsenal ... While You Still Can
Price: $8.95 USD. Words: 54,720. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2018 by Prepper Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Arms control, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Global economic meltdown. Widespread natural disaster. Disease pandemic. It doesn't matter the cause. In the coming Dark Age, the delicate supply infrastructures of modern society will collapse, and you will no longer have access to groceries, gasoline . . . or guns.

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