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on 10 December 2014
The main thing I so like about this book is that it really does away with the 'glamour' of violence. Violence is not glamourous, it's 'orrible, messy, smelly and it hurts as the authors state repeatedly. And rightly so. If you can, walk away even if the individual causing you grief is doing his 'monkey dance' and mouthing off. Even better, don't get into the situation in the first place - walk away. The authors also stress the importance of being situationally aware. Being so will help prevent you becoming involved in the violence so well described here - and not in a glamourous way. To repeat, as they do continually, walk away, it ain't worth it. Understanding as I do just a bit of what's involved in violence, I continued to be impressed by the quality not only of the writing but the language used. It's appropriate and punchy, (pun intended.) There are also some darkly humourous elements as well which also work.

Not only does this book talk about the difference between fighting and combat - and there is - but they let you know about what's involved in both. There's also outstanding insights into the actual cost of any violence you may commit or in which you might be involved, for example, the psychological, financial, reputational and so on. If you are involved in a violent confrontation and the police arrive, don't blabber your mouth off. They provide the reasons why you might do this and suggest why you shouldn't. The police have a job to do and you may be just one of many incidents they may have to address on that Saturday night. Also, be aware that you might go to jail overnight, or prison for a long time even if you feel you're in the right. There are also discussions of the media, lawyers as well as what you might be feeling after a violent confrontation, e.g. guilt, anger, PTSD etc.

I have just completed reading this book and will look through it again, and again. It's a no nonsense, well written, well researched piece of work that in the main applies anywhere in the world. Obviously it's targeted at the US market especially with regard to the law. However, even here the authors strongly suggest you identify what is / is not allowed locally to protect yourself.

In sum, one of the best books I've read in a long time. Recommended.
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on 8 March 2014
VERY HONEST BOOK ON SELF PROTECTION. THERE IS A SECTION IN THE BOOK CALLED "WHEN YOU THINK YOU ARE GOOD YOU ARE NOT." THIS SECTION OF THE BOOK PROVED TO ME PERSONALLY THAT I AM NOT A FIGHTER.

A VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK. DEFRINITELY ONA FOR YOUR SELF PROTECTION LIBRARY.
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on 9 December 2012
This book bringing a great perspective to the importance of avoiding conflict situations, the downsides of even a "successful" engagement and brings home the consequences of violence and violent behaviour. As a Karate instructor I will be passing on several important lessons to my students. To the Authors thank you. For what my opinion it is worth, should you be thinking of purchasing this book I highly recommend it.
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on 20 June 2013
Great book, deals not only about self defense but also deals with the psychological questions. For anyone who is interested in self defense this is probably the fist book they should read.
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on 30 November 2015
Great Book.
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on 21 January 2015
Great read
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VINE VOICEon 28 October 2010
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.
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on 11 January 2015
bought this as a christmas gift for my other half who practices karate, wanting to get him something a little different. He's not a particularly big reader but even he said the way this book is written keeps you gripped wanting to find out more. He'd highly recommend it so I've given it 5 stars
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on 13 March 2015
grim but true.don't kid yourself,soft lad.
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on 11 March 2014
Deals with violence and preliminaries to it / aftermath in a reasonable (not mindblowing) fashion. Mostly what I expected, good service too. No complaints.
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