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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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5.0 out of 5 stars What needs to be said... Aug. 12 2013
By Brent L TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Good for Novice Feb. 29 2004
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief - yet Accurate Principles May 30 2003
Format:Paperback
The cost of this short pamphlet/booklet is a little high. The knowledge and proven concepts are invaluable...
Mr. Cooper is a true expert on the subject of self-reliance, self-preservation, firearms training and self-defense. This book is a very good primer for practical & realistic self-defense. Buy IT, READ IT, DO IT.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic March 5 2003
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Must Have" Jan. 27 2003
Format:Paperback
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 quality. The concepts in this book can be critical to survival. If our entire society thought and reacted in this manner, our crime rates would drop dramatically, and the overall society would be more polite and better behaved.
I have purchased and given away at least a dozen copies of "Principles". It has ALWAYS been money well spent. This book bears repeated reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal defense for the Business World, Also Dec 26 2002
Format:Paperback
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. Many "modern" managers read Sun Tzu to learn how to defeat their corporate enemies. They would be better served by reading Col. Cooper.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Primer - But is too Short Dec 18 2002
Format:Paperback
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. It is the length of a magazine article and the information is for the novice. This is not a critizism, but a statement of fact.
Cooper's book is expesive for such little information, howeever, the information is "dead on" and highly important. The small chapters are informative about the "real world of self defense."
a nice book for the beginner.
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