I have read dozens of self-defense books and this one tops them for praticality, real-live experiences and humor. The authors do not describe martial art moves or fighting. Rather, they describe the 5 stages of an assault: The intent, the interview, positioning, the attack and the reaction. After putting violent crime into that perspective, I began to see the mistakes that led up to my own problems with being assaulted as a teen and ripped off as an adult. All of the signs were there.
Authors Marc MacYoung and Chris Pfouts describe common scenarios that people do not learn until it is too late: the squeegee guy who will snatch your watch when you try to pay them, the teen who will slap a guy's date to draw the guy into a fight with a pack of teens, how a car jacker approaches a car, how to drive away without getting shot. They also talk about the early danger signs of a trouble maker. Like the guy who broods, talks violence and has an addictive personality.
I think that several books could be written from some of the information in this book. For instance, women who are most likely to be raped are between 18 and 25, like to party and are already contemptuous of men. The book also gives good advice for young women at a party such as bringing a friend or sleeping in their car. (Otherwise, they might wake up to find someone like their friend's boyfriend on top of them). Much of this book's advice is from actual interviews with criminals and crime victims. Some of the book's comments might rattle some people, but it does not have to be politically correct to keep the reader out of trouble.
Chris Pfouts has some true accounts of violent encounters, including getting shot. He gives a blunt view of New York crime. Marc "Animal" MacYoung describes crime in Los Angeles. He constantly had me in stitches over his observations and encounters. (As he catches a thief in his car and the thief explains, "Your car? I thought that it was my car?"
Read a copy before you visit either city. It could save you a lot of heartache.
Doug Setter, Bsc. author of One Less Victim: A Prevention Guide and Stomach Flattening