One of my goals for this year is to reduce active spending, so I've taken to checking with my library system first if I run across a recommendation on Amazon that I want to read. I'll borrow it first, and then if I like it, I'll buy it. I was very glad to take Self-Sufficiency back to the library and leave it there, for instance.
If you plan to really chuck it all and head out to the country, this would be a good book to take with you because it gives instructions for choosing and buying land. And if you were to load up a conestoga wagon, you'd want to consult this book because it lists everything you're going to need. It covers the usual homesteading subjects, like gardening and animal rearing, but it also covers things that most homesteading books don't: getting water in the wilderness or at home, disposing of your waste, making tools and farm equipment, how to prepare and spin flax for making into linen, etc. I can't give enough examples to give you an idea of what this book covers because it's pretty exhaustive. If I had one criticism of the book, it would be that the subjects of a lot of the articles are posed as questions, which I find annoying, but that may actually be useful for some readers. Okay- two criticisms: I wish there had been more pictures, especially for dicey subjects like butchering animals where it really helps to know what you're doing. Pictures would have gone a long way there. But as far as useful, usable information goes, this book is hard to beat.
I think in times of hardship (which I, for one, firmly believe are coming), this book would be useful for everyone, country or city dweller alike in one degree or another, and would be a great reference to have in your homesteading library.
I'm going to add it to mine.
* per the comments, this book isn't available unless you want to donate a kidney for it or something. The author has a new book coming out in March, which looks like it's going to be much of the same thing, except it will have more pictures. I can't recommend the new one, not having read it; I just wanted to make you aware of the situation....