Complete Idiots Guide To Campus Safety Paperback – Apr 1 2008
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About the Author
Guy Antinozzi is a practicing law enforcement professional. Trained as a lawyer, he is a special investigator in the Solicitor General's Office of Dekalb County in metro Atlanta. His office processes about 16,000 investigations every year. A veteran police officer and criminal investigator, he also teaches in the field.
Alan Axelrod is a renowned historian and business writer. He was the co author of the New York Times bestseller What Every American Should Know About American History as well as the BusinessWeek bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He has written extensively on the Civil War.
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The book is divided into four parts: First Things First, On Campus and Off, The People You Meet, and Getting Help and Helping Yourself. Each part has a number of chapters that address various aspects of safety while attending collage. There are sections on dorms, Greek life, the Internet, Drinking and Drugs, Spring Break, roommates and conflict, dating, dangers, health problems, who can help, and a brief spot at the end on defending yourself.
Throughout the book, I found the advice to be practical and straightforward. I especially liked the theme of taking responsibility for yourself and your own safety. I also liked the emphasis on people skills and conflict resolution skills. Many confrontations, including many violent confrontations, can be avoided through the better use of people and conflict resolution skills. I also liked the fact that the authors talked about awareness and listening to your "gut" when you think something might be wrong. These are so important for personal safety.
The chapter on Defending Your Life was the weakest, and the best advice they have in that chapter was that just about anyone can benefit from taking self-defense classes given by qualified instructors. However, I cringed when they recommended inserting keys between each of your fingers to jab. It is much more effective to hold a key between the thumb and first finger and poke, jab, rip and gouge with it in that manner than to try and punch with keys sticking out between your fingers. The authors are not self-defense instructors, so I won't hold it against them. Others teach this less effective way too.
Overall, I thought it was a good book. It's written in the "Idiot's Guide" fashion, so you know what to expect with the format. The advice and suggestions in the book are good, and will undoubtedly help students stay more safe, if, and this is the big if: Students must read the book and put the suggestions, advice and strategies into use. And yes, some of it seems to be common sense, but like I always say in my safety workshops and presentations, "Common sense is not always commonly practiced."
If you are in college, or getting ready to go off to college, read this book and Stay Safe.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, author of "How To Protect Yourself By Developing A Fighter's Mindset" and others.