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Principles of Personal Protection - Book Review

PPD - Jeff CooperJeff Cooper, Principles Of Personal Defense

All free people who aspire to stay that way should read, study and share the wisdom found within these pages. Considered by many to be one of the greatest books on combat mindset and proper defensive mental conditioning ever written, it deserves a place of honor in every library.

Escape the Wolf - Book Review

Escape the Wolf Book CoverClinton Emerson, Escape the Wolf - Preemptive Personal Security Handbook

Once only available to defense contractors and government employees, this same level of expert advice is now available to the business traveler.

The author, Clinton Emerson, is a respected authority on mitigating risk for global travelers within government security circles. In Escape the Wolf, he shares expertise in coping with various threats, or wolves, that lurk in today’s world based on 20 years of government experience, his civilian travels and being raised in Saudi Arabia.

In Escape the Wolf, travelers learn how to recognize, assess and avoid threats ranging from common crime, illness, natural disasters, corporate espionage, or even terrorism using Escape the Wolf’s proven Total Awareness
System.

Left of Bang - Book Review

Left of Bang Book Cover Patrick Van Horne Jason Riley, Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life

Invaluable lessons from the Marine Combat Hunter Program will teach you how to read your environment and respond to it faster than those around you. By learning how to read baseline body language, and immediately detect anomalies, you can begin to know what people are going to do before they do it. More importantly, with these skills you can recognize when someone is trying to pull you into a bad situation, and know the proper countermove. The Israeli system of "characterization" - correlating objective suspicion indicators with known or plausible environmentally specific M.O.'s - is extremely effective for stopping criminal activities and terrorist surveillance dry runs or attacks.

Warrior Mindset - Book Review

Book Cover Warrior Mindset Dr. Michael Asken, Loren W. Christensen, Dave Grossman, Warrior Mindset 1st Edition

Mental toughness is esssential for elite human performance and especially in high stress situations. While mental toughness is a singular value in both military and law enforcement training and missions, too often, there is a disconnect between tallking about and actually training it. Warrior MindSet defines mental toughness and describes its critical need and function in the face of the performance degrading effects of combat, mission or response stress. Warrior MindSet provides the psychological skills that comprise mental toughness to optimze performance, success, safety and survival in the field.

On Killing - Book Review

Book Cover On Killing Grossman, David, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.

Upon its initial publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects soldiers, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent trends in crime, suicide bombings, school shootings, and more. The result is a work certain to be relevant and important for decades to come.

On Combat - Book Review

Book Cover on CombatGrossman, David, On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace 3rd Edition

On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win.

The Reflective Practitioner - Book Review

Book Cover The Reflective Practitioner Donald A Schön, The reflective practitioner : how professionals think in action, New York : Basic Books, ©1983

A leading M.I.T. social scientist and consultant examines five professions, engineering, architecture, management, psychotherapy, and town planning to show how professionals really go about solving problems. The best professionals, Donald Schön maintains, know more than they can put into words. To meet the challenges of their work, they rely less on formulas learned in graduate school than on the kind of improvisation learned in practice. This unarticulated, largely unexamined process is the subject of Schön's provocatively original book, an effort to show precisely how reflection-in-action works and how this vital creativity might be fostered in future professionals