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Principles of Personal Defense Paperback – Jan 1 2006
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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.
It is basic, but direct and thought provoking.
If you ever plan to, or think you may ever need to, defend yourself from hostility then you MUST read this book as part of your preperation for that eventuality. Personally, I believe anyone in a line of work where conflict may occur, and anyone who in their everyday life may encounter violence, HAS TO read this book.
It is not going to tell you how to do what you will need to do, but the thought provoking nature of it will certainly help you toward the mental preps needed to act if and when a horrible time comes.
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.
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.
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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Although there aren't many pages in this book, the principles it lays out are not only valid, but necessary to successfully surviving the ugliness of human aggression. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The cost of this short pamphlet/booklet is a little high. The knowledge and proven concepts are invaluable...
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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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2003
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
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 morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Bruce Conklin
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 morePublished on Dec 18 2002