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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (6 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405067225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405067225
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen Baty helped to get America's first anti-stalking law passed following her own terrifying experience of being stalked; she now conducts seminars on personal safety and counsels victims of violent crime.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on 28 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a self-defence instructor & recently bought this book for my wife. It's advice is excellent and presented with humour & in a very accessible manor.

I disagree with other reviewers who say that this is all "stuff we've heard before". It may seem like common sense, but the problem with common sense is that it isn't too common.

In my classes I encounter highly intelligent, educated, professional women (& men!) who still jog alone at dusk wearing a walkman. I have spoken to countless women who own mace and keep it in their bedroom drawer where they will never get to it in time.

These women are not dumb, and this level of preparedness is not unique to females either. It's just that we are not used to thinking about, "what would I do if..." scenarios. This book makes you think about these things in a very non-threatening way.

If you get one thing out of this book, and that one thing eventually saves your life - how much would the book be worth then?
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Hardly an expert 14 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other "thumbs down" reviewers. This book is full of old info. and I detest its incessant cutesy girl talk demeanor. Frankly, I was shocked that Gavin de Becker endorsed this book. Safety Chick has great PR. That's the main thing I can say she has going for her, at least in terms of this book.
Moreover, taking a few self defense lessons from a self defense pro hardly qualifies one as an expert. Some of her information, particularly regarding self defense, is downright dangerous and shallow - clearly the mark of someone with little experience.
If you want good information on safety and self defense, read Sanford Strong's "Strong On Defense." I also recommend Gavin de Becker's book "The Gift of Fear." If you want to learn practical self defense and rape defense tactics for women, check out the Dr. Ruthless videos - Fierce and Female.
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Excellent - I bought it for my wife 12 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a self defense instructor and i recently bought this book for my wife. It's advice is excellent and presented with humor and in a very accessible manor.
I disagree with the other reviewer who said that this is all stuff "we've heard before". It may seem like common sense stuff, but the problem with common sense is that it isn't too common.
In my classes I encounter highly intelligent, educated, professional women who still jog alone at dusk wearing a walkman. I have spoken to countless women who own mace and keep it in their bedroom drawer where they will never get to it in time.
These women are not dumb, and this level of unpreparedness is not unique to females either. It's just that we are not used to thinking about, "what would i do if..." scenarios. This book makes you think about these things in a very non-threatening way.
If you get one thing out of this book, and that one thing eventually saves your life - how much would the book be worth then?
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The best 29 May 2006
By N. Cutrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book covers all the basics of women's safety. I am a woman that teaches self-defense seminars to women in local businesses in my area. I always recommend everyone to read this book. There are helpful resources in there for anyone. Not every word will pertain to every person. But if you just get one thing out of the book, then it was worth it. I read negative reviews of this book. For those people, you do not grasp the importance of safety. You are the ones that think "it can never happen to me."

Every woman should read this!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Important Information For Young Girls 15 April 2009
By Deanna Alvarado - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has a lot of important info for young girls however, if you read "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin deBecker, you will get all of this information plus many other important facts and tips. (He wrote the forward in this book). I have read "Gift of Fear twice, my daughter has read it 7 times and carries it with her all of the time (I have replaced it 4 times 'cause she wears it out). She can almost quote it verbatum. I think it is one of the most important books I have ever read and every woman should read it.... His 2 follow up books "Protecting the Gift" and "Fearless" are also a "MUST READ" but neither are as insightfull or as important to each of us as the "GIFT OF FEAR". Kathleen Baty has done a good job of alerting young women to the dangers that await all of us every day, but the book seemed to be a poorly condenced version of "Gift of Fear". Better than not reading either though.
28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
SHE'S PRETTY - THE BOOK IS TERRIBLE! 17 Nov 2003
By shirley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bought the book and expected one thing and got another. Very disappointed in the fact that they used a pretty face, some respected opinions and used information to create a terrible book.
My first question was "Where is her expertise?" It's alarming knowing that anyone could put a book out and the press can hype it up and before you know it we have a female safety expert on a mission not to help but to make money.
Hopefully the author will take into account how people might take her serious and if some of her advise is not proven their harm will be on her head.
I loved Gavin DeBeckers work and Strong On Defense and one of the better books that recently came out is the Personal Protection Handbook by Tom Patire. All books writen by proven sources!
Very diasapointed to say the least!
Shirley
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