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Principles of Personal Defense [Paperback]

Jeff Cooper , Louis Awerbuck , Paul Kirchner
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Jan. 1 2006 1581604955 978-1581604955 Revised
This revised edition of Jeff Cooper's classic on personal defense is the best study of the guiding principles of survival in the face of unprovoked violence by human assailants. Cooper discusses the vital elements of defensive mental conditioning, including alertness, decisiveness, aggressiveness, speed, coolness, ruthlessness and surprise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Good for Novice Feb. 29 2004
If you're new to personal defense, you need to read... no you need to devour this text.
I assure you that once you ever face situations that Jeff Cooper describes, you will be equipped to handle them. This book literally could save your life.
Do not be a victim even when you're the victim!
If this book were longer, it would be even better but listen... if it were longer, fewer people would read it. It would sit on shelves for "one of these days" and then it might be too late.
I do not know Jeff Cooper but I have read one other book of his and I am so very greatly impressed. He teaches so much more than defense in his writings, although for this jewel, it's primary reason for being is to teach you to protect yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Principles Not So Common! Oct. 14 2003
This booklet is small but the principles it contains are huge in their relation to surviving real-world life-or-death altercations. Some reviewers state that these principles are common-sense and that people should known them instinctively. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case. The modern world has taken most people so far away from their common-sense survival instincts, that only books like this can get them back on track. Regardless of what other reviewers have to say, if you want the basic principles of the survival mind-set then you owe it to yourself to get this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic March 5 2003
Rating this book is very hard, because it is a classic, and it is filled with fundamental truths. On the other hand, these thruths are not new, and they can be found in many books. You could even say that they are self evident.
The book has less than 50 pages, and of those pages about half are empty or contain illustrations. So it's a minor understatement to say that there is not much to read. On the other hand, every word counts, and there is not anything that's not necessary. However, when you read the book, you get a feeling that some of the principles are somewhat artificial, as if col. Cooper has tried to get the number of principles down to the magic number: seven.
In the end, when rating this book, I started with five stars. Then I reduced one star for the fact that these principles are not new, and Cooper has not invented them himself. Then I reduced another star because of the price, which is too high in my opinion. Nevertheless, this book has a place in the library of everyone who is interested in surviving in combat.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The cover is the best part Feb. 26 2002
I am sure Mr. Cooper is a very accomplished and knowledeable shooter and writer. However, I found this book to contain mostly issues and items that should be common sense to most people. As one reader of this book suggested in his comments, this is a magazine article with elementary drawings. Most of the criteria listed here should be explained to you at your handgun carry class in addition to the laws and general safety. I am sure to someone who wants to get an intimidating looking coffee table book where a mean looking fella is shooting at them, it's great, but for me, I found this purchase to be a dissapointment.
This does not mean I will pass on other Jeff Cooper books, but I will certainly read ALL of the reviews and try and make a better judgement than what the cover looks like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense From An Expert Perspective July 17 2002
Other reviewers have noted, and criticized, this text for it's common sense principals and it's austere presentation. It is true that there is nothing presented in this book that has not been contemplated by every gun owner or martial artist with at least a room temperature IQ. I myself read this book during my lunch-hour one day and can say that I didn't come away with anything new. But, I think that the critics are missing the point. Mr. Cooper's intention was not to reveal some profound secret, but to provoke though on the topic of self-defense. In this respect the book is very good. After reading this I found myself questioning how prepared I was to defend myself and what I could do to be more attentive in these matters. If this was your intention Mr. Cooper then well done!
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Cooper's book is the starting point for anybody interested in protecting himself or herself from violent attack. While Cooper is best known as a founder of The Modern Technique of the Pistol, this is not a book about guns or gunfights. It is about the mental conditioning, notably including situational awareness, which one needs to avoid (if possible) or survive an unavoidable violent encounter.
As has been said by Cooper and others, having a gun no more means you are armed than owning a piano makes you a musician. This book is a solid foundation for arming yourself against a violent criminal attack, whether or not you choose to protect yourself with a firearm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good "mindset" primer April 17 1998
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This is _not_ a specific guide to the use of weapons in personal defense, as one would expect from the Colonel. Rather, it's a primer on the "mindset" aspects of engaging an adversary. In this respect, it suffices in its coverage of the attitudes necessary to prevail in a fight and _win_.
Defensive pistolcraft is a practical martial art, and Colonel Cooper is, without doubt, the father of the art in its modern form. This little red book is given out at his General Pistol courses; I have one myself. Buy several and give them to the people whose lives you cherish.
Then, take them to a pistol range and teach them to shoot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What needs to be said...
It is one of the seminal works of Jeff Cooper. It is a reissue, done later, but no less good.

It is basic, but direct and thought provoking. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brent L
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief - yet Accurate Principles
The cost of this short pamphlet/booklet is a little high. The knowledge and proven concepts are invaluable...
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Published on May 30 2003 by Anthony Cataldo
1.0 out of 5 stars useless book
This is the worst book that I ever read in my life. Completely pointless. If you do not know these principles presented in this book intuitively then I am surprised you are still... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Must Have"
Too many reviewers of this book are entirely too worried about length and cost.
Jeff doesn't claim the concepts in this book to be original, nor does length have bearing on... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by Geoffrey F. Beneze
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal defense for the Business World, Also
Col Cooper's principles are fundamental to staying alive on the mean streets but they also form a critical set of skills for survival in today's business world. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002 by Bruce Conklin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Primer - But is too Short
Jeff Cooper is an icon in the self-protection handgun defense world. He has written in many magazines and that is how this book reads. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2002 by "45armory"
5.0 out of 5 stars Mental Preparedness
This is a wonderful pamphlet on mental preparation, frame-of-mind, and calm decisionmaking. It is about attitude and how it relates to avoiding conflict if you can, and protecting... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2002 by D. S. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own, must read, must apply
Great book writed by a great author. Everything I read could and must be applied in every aspect of your personal life. Read more
Published on July 9 2000 by Carlos Mora
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