- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (Nov. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873647432
- ISBN-13: 978-0873647434
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,508,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Street E and E: Evading, Escaping and Other Ways to Save Your Ass When Things Get Ugly Paperback – 1 Nov 1993
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The author recommends running away as the main strategy for dealing with violence. When dealing with groups running away is considered the only option and can also be used to thin the group out or tire them before turning round and fighting. It makes the excellent point that hit and run strategics are used by the special forces and are very effective.
There is advice on how to scale fences/walls and when is the best time to attempt such feats.
Getting friendly with local dogs by giving it food so the dog won't bite you when your running through their garden also hopping garden fences at the corner so you can switch to a different garden if there is a dog in the garden is suggested.
Some advice on hiding such as when hiding don't look at the searching opponents (people can sense when they are being watched) and people can spot eyes in bushes.
There is advice on how to disappear and stay gone such as not using your credit card, not contacting friends/family and staying away from old stomping grounds.
There is advice on how to park a car for easy escape from parking lots and how to deal with having your car tailed.
I think most of the stuff in this book is obvious if you think about it but these are the kind of mistakes people (including myself) make in real life.
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I will say that there are some bits and pieces in here that I found very interesting and useful for any type of conflict situation. The rest of it, no doubt solid information, just wasn't the sort I was looking for. It seems some of the chapters go into a lot of unnecessary, repetitive detail. I don't think we need an entire chapter on outrunning a car or not to run blindly out into a busy street.
I will definitely look into the "Animal's" other works, because he is one of the few authors of this type I'[ve read who comes across as a real person. He tosses the 'I'm a real bad ass' nonsense right out of the window in the intro. I respect a guy who tells you that if a person is trying to kill you and you can get away from him, run like hell. I have read countless other books that plug the idea that you can disarm a guy with a weapon or fight a group of people on your own. Animal tells you bluntly, the only objective you have is staying above the dirt, not proving how much of a bad ass or macho you think you might be.
If you are interested in this type of stuff, like I am, definitely worth a read.
For example, in E & E, he explains how you run over a fence, well, at a dead run ... up you go, then a step or two up the fence or wall followed by a simple flip over the top to an Olympic landing, and voila! I walk with a cane at about ten steps a minute on level groud; somehow, I don't think I'll be walking over any fences.
But all his books are extremely entertaining, and, hey, I can dream, can't I? One section is on dropping a tail while driving. I guess I could try that one, except I really don't have anyone who has any reason to tail me. (I guess cops could chase me if I was trying to prevent being stopped for a speeding ticket or the like, but chasing and tailing are two different things.)
The rest of the book is how to, e.g., properly run into traffic when on foot against pursuers -- actually there's a lot of running and pursuing in the book. He teaches how to run parellel to the cars and properly lead them to change lanes without losing speed, gaining a lot of distance if the pursers don't know the technique.
He also teaches how to disappear during a chase. I have a little trouble buying it, but Marc claims you can instantly disappear with your pursuers as little as four feet away from you. I won't spoil it by saying how. Those wedded men out there reading the book for fantasy fulfillment might try to disappear from your wives, and write me with your results.
The book is full of stuff like that. Some will buy it as a how-to book; others like myself for sheer entertainment value. Whichever, it is one great read.
Marc, should you read this, is there any chance you could do a book strictly on handguns?
Most of the advice in the book is common sense if you think about it--But I at least, didn't think about most of it before. Things like why you should almost never make a right-angle turn while being chased, how and where to park your car, and things you may want to actually practice ahead of time.
The book isn't a new one (1993) and I'm sure cell phones have an effect on some of the things discussed. I'd like to see a book with that in mind.
The writing style isn't exactly formal. The author definitely wants to explain what a tough guy he is. The book reads like a conversation, though it actually does have footnotes (mostly a further comment on an idea rather than a citation).
One recurring theme rings very true: "The only thing one man can do against a gang is get killed." I've met too many martial artists who think they can take on an army.