This is a book written without any thought of self promotion. It is written by a prison officer with a great deal of practical experience who is not shy in explaining a point by examining his own past mistakes. This is not a " how to " technique book but a dissection of the process of violence. The book is brutally honest stating some ugly truths which I as a police officer would echo. Bad things happen in bad places and are carried out by bad people. The best defence strategy for a civilian is to avoid those places. This simple fact is avoided by many martial art experts advocating their own " latest " and " street proven" techniques. Miller is to be applauded for his deep analysis of what self defence really is. Miller also examines the aftermath of violence in terms of legality and the psychological effect on the person. It is at times a sobering experience to read. Miller puts forward the theory of " group monkey dance" and this part of the book alone is worth the price in its analysis of group dynamics that can lead to violence. I would recommend this book to anyone coming into contact with potentially violent clientele . It would be useful for social workers to youth workers to club doormen. It is that good a book.
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