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One of my personal top 5 books - across *any* subject,
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This review is from: Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence (Paperback)
This books is a gem in more ways than one.
It is one of the most insightful and informative books I have ever come across. It will teach you things you never thought you needed to know (if you are a regular person) - from the different types of violent situations that can arise and how to (attempt to) prevent them, through the conflicts themselves and why we are sometimes drawn to them, to dealing with the after effects.
Most remarkably though, it is not just an exposé of another world ("on the other side of the looking glass"), but of human nature. I stopped counting the parallels I drew between violence and "pick up" or even stand up comedy (!), and I am sure there are parallels with almost any aspect of human interaction, e.g. controlling your own state, influencing the other person's actions through it, to name but a few.
It contains life lessons, it's humbling, it's raw, it's eye-opening.
Do yourself a favour and get it - even if you are not into the subject. Especially if you are not.