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The Action Hero's Handbook: How to Catch a Great White Shark, Perform the Jedi Mind Trick, Track a Fugitive and Dozens of Other TV and Movie Skills [Paperback]

David Borgenicht , Joe Borgenicht
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

July 1 2002
The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Up with the Indiana Joneses
 
For everyone who’s ever wanted to be as smooth as James Bond, as clever as Captain Kirk, or as tough as Charlie’s Angels, The Action Hero’s Handbook is the ultimate guide to the essential skills every action hero needs to survive and thrive in this dangerous but exciting world.
 
This book features dozens of real-life action hero techniques, directly from experts in the subjects at hand: FBI agents, sexologists, stuntmen, hypnotists, karate masters, criminologists, detectives, and many others. Learn how to:
 
    •  Catch a great white shark
    •  Deliver the Vulcan Nerve Pinch
    •  Spyproof your hotel room
    •  Win a fight when outnumbered
    •  Climb down Mount Rushmore National Monument
 
And dozens of other Good Guy Skills, Paranormal Skills, Fighting Skills, and Escape Skills. With meticulously researched step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations, The Action Hero’s Handbook will get you ready for anything. Good luck—we’re all counting on you. 

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Picking up where the brilliantly successful Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series left off, the Borgenichts (David co-wrote Worst-Case) present matter-of-fact advice on how to perform James Bond-like stunts with incredible ease. They interviewed doctors, shark hunters, former prisoners, bus drivers, wedding planners, boxing coaches, skydivers, escape artists and a multitude of other experts to provide the best, most succinct tips for a variety of scenarios. The "Good Guy Skills" section is the strongest, as it explains techniques for maneuvers many readers wouldn't have a clue how to execute. There's information on interrogating a suspect, saving a patient who's flatlined, saving someone who's hanging from a cliff and spy-proofing a hotel room. The random facts are oddly intriguing: e.g., to catch a great white shark, don't chain a chunk of meat to the end of a pier; when a suspect looks to the left during an interrogation, it often means she's lying. The Borgenichts then offer counsel on situations involving love (to stop a wedding, have your speech planned ahead of time), the paranormal (the Jedi mind trick is simple manipulation) and escape (try getting on the wrong train if you need to fake out pursuers at a train station). Throughout, quotes from The Fugitive, The Shawshank Redemption and other films remind readers how one might find oneself in such predicaments. Almost practical and definitely entertaining, this is one how-to guide Clint Eastwood and Charlie's Angels would not want to be without.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

David Borgenicht lives in Philadelphia and is co-author of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook series (Chronicle Books). Joe Borgenicht lives in Salt Lake City and is the author of several nonfiction books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Book May 26 2004
Format:Paperback
The Action Hero's Handbook is a fascinating little book. While
I was a little disappointed in the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and the
Jedi Mind Trick, the rest of the book had very interesting
and potentially useful information like, how to get out
of handcuffs and how to escape a sinking cruise ship.
This is a great book to give to people who live unusual
lives or a book to buy for yourself if you're the kind of
person who travels or just find adventure wherever you
go. You might not have a great need to catch a white
shark, but it's always possible these days to encounter
someone with a gun that you may need to disarm or deal with
an intoxicated driver who seems bent on running you over,
and the Action Hero's Handbook tells you what to do in both circumstances.
As great as the book is, I gave it four stars only because a
few minor things are missing: for example, while the book tells you how to avoid getting hit by a car or a truck, it doesn't cover SUVs, which to me is an important little detail. But overall, it's a great book to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn How to be a Hero June 16 2004
Format:Paperback
This brilliant book expands on the previous Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and adds humour to what was previously a rather boring instructions you'd find in a box of something you were going to put together type series. In The Action Hero's Handbook the authors pretend you the reader want to be an action hero and guide you step by step through how to spy proof your hotel room, survive being run over by a truck, save someone hanging off the side of a cliff and other stuff your not likely to do in real life but would if you were an action hero like James Bond, Rambo and other action characters.
This book is not afraid to make fun of its advice which previously wasn't done in the Worst-Case Scenario series by the authors although certainly was by readers. There's a lot more advice in here as well. Even if you don't want to be an action hero you'll still laugh you head off from cover to cover. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic March 2 2003
Format:Paperback
What can one say, but get this book. Yeah, at first people look at you like you're a weirdo, but soon they are reading over your shoulder and can't stop especially, on the how to establish communication with extraterrestrials (man, now I totally understand Close Encounters of the Third Kind).
Be aware that there are some copies of this book that were bound incorrectly so it seems that there are a chunk of pages missing but you find them later on out of sequence. This could be annoying since you may need some of the misplaced techniques pronto such as, the aforementioned establishing contact with extraterrestrials.
It's a cool gift for anyone and it is very informative. How many books really educuate you on how to do cool things in a simple, straight-forward manner? At first you may resist but soon you are drawn to it's hypnotic, educating charm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining AND practical Dec 18 2002
Format:Paperback
As with the WORST-CASE SCENARIO series that Borgenicht has coauthored, this provides you with the tactics necessary to deal with assorted stereotypical movie situations that could occur in real life from experts who sat down and thought out how to do it. Some are just really farfetched but good for a laugh, like dodging MiGs and how to do Maverick's inverted taunting stunt from TOP GUN (keep about four feet of separation and make sure your vertical stabilizers don't hit), but some are useful, like how to Dirty Dance, how to train for a boxing match, how to survive being hit by a car in the middle of the street, and even how to perform the Jedi Mind Trick (a hypnosis method called "pacing and leading"). It's a good read even if you don't want to be an action hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative Jan. 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When my brother loaned me his copy of this book I was definitely intrigued. Then when I started reading it, I just could not put it down. I loved it so much I just had to get my own copy. It has all sorts of useful information including: how to disarm a thug with a gun, how to save someone from falling off a cliff, how to pick up someone in a bar, how to secure and read a crime scene, how to fight off a ghost, and how to make a clean getaway. So, if you're thinking of becoming an action hero or you just want a good book that is both entertaining and helpful, then this one is a definite must have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to Be Ready for Anything Oct. 31 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is from the creators of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and is in the same tongue-in-cheek style of presenting valuable information. This time around, the focus is on skills that can turn you into an Action Hero. It covers such topics as how to catch a great white shark, perform the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, take a bullet, and how to dirty dance. All the information comes from experts in their field, be they detectives, stuntmen, surgeons, pilots, and wedding planners. Recommended.
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