"Stevens' book, Making the Best of Basics, may be the closest thing the survival industry has to a bible (aside from the actual Bible). It has sold more than 800,000 copies since hitting the shelves at Kmart during the gas crisis in 1974. Stevens is not actually a doctor, and, come to think of it, he'd rather you not call him a prepper which he considers a slur meant to impugn self-reliant folks like himself as paranoid loons. But it's become part of [the lexicon, and Stevens is somewhat paranoid about where the United States is headed (he foresees a borderline tyrannical second Obama term that begins with massive gun confiscation and ends who-knows-where), so he's rolling with it." - Tim Murphy, Preppers Are Getting Ready for the Barackalypse, motherjones.com, Jan/Feb 2013.