Vin Sparano, a former Outdoor Life Editor-in-Chief, has put together an updated fifth edition of his unparalleled compendium of the outdoors. First published in 1972, this book instructed beginners and experts alike in the natural world, and all the sporting pursuits therein. This latest version still has all of the classic outdoor information of previous versions (because solid information never goes bad), but it also directs us in the use of fully modern tackle and techniques for camping, fishing, hunting, wilderness survival, first aid, reloading, and a mindboggling array of other outdoor skills. At 640 pages this is no pocket guide, but the lifelong work and wisdom of an outdoor master. The book is very well written, easy to read, and loaded with interesting nuggets of knowledge.