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Required reading for just about everybody,
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This review is from: The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know about Fighting (Paperback)
The world we live in is increasingly busier, over populated and angrier. Violence seems increasingly probable even outside of the arenas you would normally expect to find it. Whether you're commuting to work, walking home, going for a run or driving, there seems a never ending supply of people on the verge of some violent act, or using the threat of it to intimidate or get something from you they want. Which for me makes this book a stand out, because it's not only about violence and how to dispense it, but very much about how to avoid it all together.
And in reading it a good portion of the basics seem obvious, so obvious you wonder why they never occurred to you. It starts with the different levels of 'alertness' and how they seem to someone that might have you and violence in mind. Looking alert and confident is a large part of violence avoidance. There are everyday approaches to stepping around violence and some great chapters and scenarios depicting what results from violence, de-glorifying the whole thing. And then in detail, over a great many scenarios, how you deal with violence if it cannot be avoided. Every angle is looked at, not least the legal and how the law will view you and your subsequent actions. And of course there are endless scenarios simply detailed in making sure the violence ends quickly and you are the one that walks away. The detail is incredible. For instance describing exactly how alcohol causes humans to become unbalanced and how you use that to defeat a drunken attacker in very simple methods.
A quite brilliant book that is not little in any way, that you will learn from just by browsing through and will certainly be better equipped for this angrier world if you spend any time studying it. Can't recommend this highly enough.