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Doing the Doors: A Life on the Door Paperback – 1 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854198
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A cracking read - don't miss it.' -- FRONT

`From the hardest nightclubs to the world's warzones, Robin Barratt is the toughest of the tough.'
-- NUTS


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This is a brilliant book, Everyone knows doorman from either the right side or the wrong side of them but none of us have any idea of what their lives are really like... I doubt they are all like Mr Barratts but you can get an idea...

This is well written and there is tons of action and compelling stories. You'll never get bored with it and you find yourself reading on to find out how it ends!
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I have years of experience of doorwork and while I had a few adventures of my own, nothing matches Robin's.

This is a well written, funny and useful book. Doormen should read it and learn. The Public should read it and be entertained.

Best book I have read in a long time. I really recommend it.
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This author bravely narrates his story from his youth and hard times, to finding himself through immersion in his tradecraft, namely door security, close-in protection, and martial arts training and fitness. The story is intriguing because he describes the psychological motivation of bouncers, their views, and their culture. For instance, Mr. Barratt warns that a bouncer can "never lose a fight" or they will likely lose their resolve to take on risky situations, which can then spiral out of control. While most patrons love friendly bouncers, it only takes a few thugs to escalate to violence quickly, and bouncers as security first responders must respond swiftly. Even still, some bouncers barely live above the law, falling prey to the many temptations offered in the nightclub industry, which Mr. Barratt describes.

The story ends with the inward journey of the mind, however, as the author seeks to find legitimacy in his trade, finding comfort in professional organizations that increase standards, training, and ethics. He also discovers along the way lucrative sidelines, such as personal security, the nuts and bolts to that business, such as cleaning the limo before every client pick-up, and intensity training such as a secret camp for ex-special forces trumps the brute force steroids and gym training of earlier years. He also discovers the practical martial art of Krav Maga, which itself has an interesting history and application.
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this book is written with the same staitforward, strait to the point, short sharp account style of writting that is found in most great books like the govner etc excellent, interesting account of a self made success story, in the way of refering to a fulfilled life doimg different things. never dull sometimes funny and very good read
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By graham b on 22 Feb. 2012
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boreing and well really a crappy read, if you wanna read a good book about doorman, whats wrote with humour as well.geoff thompsons, on the doors is really good,but this book is wrote just poorly and a waste of money
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I too have door experience, which pales in comparison to Robin Barrats life as a "Door Supervisor". An Excellent read, and i wholeheartedly reccomend this book to any member of the door/security world, or for a fully compelling no BS biography, for any reader wishing to know more.

Doesn't just cover door work, but life in close protection and training.

Well worth it... Buy it now!
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By Steve on 25 Dec. 2009
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while trying to think of something to write for this great book i read a few of the reviews above and they describe the book perfect, great read get it if your a fan of this sort of thing
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