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Bodyguard Manual (Bodyguard Manual: Protection Techniques of Professionals) [Paperback]

Leroy Thompson
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; Revised edition edition (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853676624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853676628
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 18.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides a fascinating insight into this most dangerous of professions. Draws on the experience of the world's finest operatives. Fully illustrated with diagrams and photographs Although military operations against terrorist forces often grab the headlines, the men and women who protect celebrities and government, military and business leaders from assassination or kidnapping are also in the frontline in the war against extortion and terrorism. Ready and prepared to place their body between their employer and a bullet, the bodyguard must be able to blend into the background around their charge, yet be ready to spring into action instantly to counter an attack. Based on techniques of the US Secret Service, US State Department Security, the Special Air Service, the Royal Corps of Military Police, the Metropolitan Police, the KGB and its successor the FSB, France's GSPR, and other protective units around the world, the Bodyguard Manual details the steps a protective team takes to prevent attack as well as the tactics which are employed when it is necessary to counter an attack.

From providing security aboard Concorde, the Orient Express or the Queen Elizabeth II, to protecting a high-ranking officer in combat, the Bodyguard Manual allows the reader to 'stand post' with the professional bodyguard. This revised edition brings the book completely up to date, covering developments in the field since first publication.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A shallow look at the industry 5 Feb 2007
This book has some great insights and enough information to generate interest, but a manual it is not. It is peppered with lots of "authors notes" that seem to be there just to enhance the authors credibility rather than pass on information. Lots of stating the obvious such as "The mobile phone can be invaluable if radio communications have been knocked out and a team is under fire" The book was written for the American market but there are numerous mentions of the "British SAS" There are much better books on the subject and suggest you look at the Modern Bodyguard (peter consterdine) or The Bodyguards Bible (James Brown)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Version 14 April 2014
By Joe Mac
I own the previous print of this book (very pink and purple) and I would say it's damn fine. Yeah it witholds some of the details for some specialist procedures and processes, but that is what a proper training course is for. The overall content of the book is very detailed and it has a wonderful breakdown of escort formations, with good pictures to help the learning. The author notes that interject are far from self serving, instead allowing some insight into the practical side of close protection. This is not written for the dim thug who wishes to go into close protection. As mentioned within, the average bodyguard these days is well educated, well trained and professional.

This is a genuinely fantastic companion to a close protection course, but not much fun if you're a casual busy body looking to be a gung ho wannabe tough guy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars more information than most 29 Dec 2005
By Jeffrey S. Westenbarger - Published on Amazon.com
As I read the manual, I relized that there is'nt any manual out there that teaches you the art of protection services, all are just a general desciption and nothing more, I have invested alot of money on so called "trainning manuals" and still hav'nt found one yet that teaches you more than you probably know if you are serious about Entering into this Profession, But I will say that this is the most detailed of all the manuals I have read, and would be a great starting point for the novic protector.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of many skills 15 Oct 2006
By Nico MacGreif - Published on Amazon.com
First of all I have to say I am not a Protection Professional, I do not play one on TV, and I had no wish to become an Amatuer Bodyguard.

But that all changed when I had kids. The world is changing fast and it is my job to see to the safety of my loved ones. This book goes a long way to focusing the mindset to the hazards (real and imagined) that can be encountered. However much of it is geared to protection teams rather than the single protector. Good book though if you have an interest in the subject, I liked it but am not qualified to comment on the validity of the techniques.
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching aid 2 Jun 2013
By PlantDoc - Published on Amazon.com
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There are always new things to learn regardless of what line of work you are in. This book provides new techniques and helps new learners. Self protection or the protection of others will always be an individuals first line of defense. In the seconds or minutes it takes to call for help you can provide your own first response.
3.0 out of 5 stars Now I know for certain... 28 July 2009
By Pussywillow - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a lot of material written by Leroy Thompson. His books as well as his articles portray one perspective and the experiences of one executive protection agent.

If you're looking for anecdotal content and aeremainly interested in this subject in a general way, then you'll enjoy this book... & probably the other, similar titles. If you're looking form something that has more useful information on detailed aspects of the industry, then I'd suggest June, Oatman or even Lonsdale.

Why? Mainly because I've noticed that every single scenario described by Thompson seems to a security team with the budget of the average, developed nation. This book is no different. Perhaps every detail that the author has worked on has been like this... but it simply isn't the norm. I personally found it lacking in details on the boring & mundane topics of advance work, surveillance, risk & threat analysis, post orders etc.

Maybe this is exactly the type of book that he intended to author... but like his magazine articles, it strikes me as being closer to fantasy than reality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this book 14 Oct 2009
By Daniel M. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to read strategies such as "fill your gas tank" and "ensure your car is well maintained" then this book is for you. If you want a real book buy "Executive Protection New solutions for a New Era" by Robert L. Oatman.
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