Bunker: Building for the End Times

Bradley Garrett (Author)


A thought-provoking, chilling, and eerily prescient look at "prepper" communities around the world that are building bunkers against a possible apocalypse.

Currently, 3.7 million Americans call themselves preppers. Millions more prep without knowing it. Bradley Garrett, who began writing this book years before the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, argues that prepping is a rational response to global, social, and political systems that are failing to produce credible narratives of continued stability. Left with a sense of foreboding fueled by disease outbreaks, increasing government dysfunctionality, eroding critical infrastructure, nuclear brinksmanship, and an accelerating climate crisis, people all over the world are responding predictably--by hunkering down.

For this book, Garrett traveled across four continents to meet those who are constructing panic rooms, building underground backyard survival chambers, stockpiling supplies, preparing go bags, hiding inflatable rafts, rigging mobile "bugout" vehicles, and burrowing deep into the earth. He has returned with a brilliant, original and never less than deeply disturbing story from the frontlines of the way we live now: an illuminating reflection on our age of disquiet and dread that brings our times into new and sharper focus.

The "bunker," Garrett shows, is all around us: in malls, airports, gated communities, the vehicles we drive. Most of all, he reveals, it's in our minds.

Product Details

$28.00  $25.76
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
August 04, 2020

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About the Author

Bradley Garrett is a cultural geographer and expert on cities, infrastructure, and social issues. His work, which often has him entering lost, forgotten, or off-limits places, has been featured on the History Channel, the UK's BBC and Channel 4, and in The Atlantic and GQ. He also writes a column about public space for Guardian Cities. In addition to Bunker, he is the author of the critically acclaimed Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City as well as three other books on urban exploration, Subterranean London, London Rising, and Global Undergrounds.


"Fascinating, amusing, crazy, chilling, and surreally topical for what the world is going through now. You've got to read this book!"
--Douglas Preston, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Lost City of the Monkey God
"Like an indefatigable archaeologist of the present, Bradley Garrett explores the dark spaces of our collective imagination, illuminating our spaces of survival, and the people who dream of inhabiting them, with a mordantly humorous--sometimes sympathetic--eye, and ample doses of philosophical insight. From Tennessee to Tasmania, it's a wild ride."
--Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic and Survival City: Adventures among the Ruins of Atomic America
"Bradley Garrett's fine book is about way more than bunkers and boltholes. It's a look inside some of the world's weirdest subcultures and a gracefully-written, profound meditation on the sacred strangeness of the human project."
--James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency and the World Made by Hand novels
"A page-turner that takes the reader on a well-researched global tour of underground defensive constructions from prehistory to a huge array of present-day boltholes, many of which Garrett has explored himself....[he] suggests that bunkerization is 'the logical endpoint of the atomization of social life, ' and once you've read Bunker it's hard to disagree with him."
--Rowland Atkinson and Sarah Blandy, authors of Domestic Fortress
"Reading Bunker, I found myself wondering exactly why it was that I'd rather die than live in an end-times world like this. Have I lost my devotion to the art of the long view? Or my sense of adventure?....No matter where you come down on the apocalypse, this book will stimulate your thinking, as it did mine. Luck of the publishing gods that it is, unfortunately, so timely."
--Joel Garreau, author of Radical Evolution and Edge City and Professor of Culture, Values, and Emerging Technologies, Arizona State University
"A wry travelogue portraying a world we hope never arrives. Its Hunter S. Thompson-style journey brings us right up to the edge of the Apocalypse. With a penetrating gaze and colorful detail, Garrett tours the Star Wars bar-like world of Doomsday preppers, grifters, and conspiracy theorists who are readying themselves to survive the end of the world. Through it all, you're left to wonder: What if they're right?"
--Garrett M. Graff, contributing editor at Wired and author of the national bestseller Raven Rock