You walk into a restaurant and get an immediate sense that you should leave. You are about to step onto an elevator with a stranger, and something stops you. You interview a potential new employee who has the résumé to do the job, but something tells you not to offer the position. These scenarios all represent "left of bang", the moments before something bad happens. But how many times have you talked yourself out of leaving the restaurant, getting off the elevator, or getting over your silly "gut" feeling about someone? Is there a way not just to listen to your inner protector more but to actually increase your sensitivity to threats before they happen?
Legendary marine general James Mattis asked the same question and issued a directive to operationalize the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter program. A comprehensive and no-nonsense approach to heightening each and every one of our gifts of fear, Left of Bang is the result.
©2014 Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley (P)2015 Tantor
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"Easier to follow when read"
Danny Campbell is an excellent narrator. I've listened to several other books he has narrated and I'm always impressed.
First let me say this, I've read and marked up both my physical copy and e-book of Left of Bang. In addition, I've completed the fantastic Basic and Advanced training course for the program. I decided to also grab the audiobook so that I could further my learning and listen to the concepts again and again as I drive. However, while listening to the audio I found it hard to follow along and stay engaged.
The main issue I have with the audio version is that the content of the book doesn't lend itself well to an audio format, through no fault of the highly skilled authors, or the talented narrator. The content is so rich, and requires such careful study, that simply listening to the audiobook leaves the listener with the sense they've missed something valuable.
That being said, do study this book, learn from it, apply the skills to enhance your safety.
"Left me wanting the training course!!!"
You can't really learn self-defense from a book. But this book outlines quite a few things you can look for to be more aware of your surroundings, and more prepared to blow the whistle, protect yourself, or take down a bad guy.
There is lots of science here, from military studies of Marines as well as enemies, to the social sciences and on. It incorporates principles from various types of profiling, interrogation, surveillance, and even plain old corporate posturing. This is knitted together with anecdotes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the US to show how paying attention to specific signals can pick the bad guys out of a crowd. This course should be given to ALL our military personnel, not just a small percentage of those being deployed to dangerous places.
The best part is that it provides vocabulary to take you from "something just felt wrong," "he was acting hinky," and "it didn't look right" to being able to specifically pinpoint the aspects of situations or behaviors of people that pose a threat. It is more than just a body language book, but it has that too.
This is a good place to start if you are interested in self-protection. I don't know if there is anywhere outsides the Marines you can get the actual course, but right after my shooting practice, I want this!
"The how to spot unsafe conditions"
I found it very good to know spot unsafe conditions . I was in Vietnam and I used some of the techque in combat. It saved my butt.
"absolutely worth a read"
Good not great, another book on people's mannerisms and a good instruction on how to find what is deviant from the norm. Reading isn't enough, you have to study and really constantly review.. Books that compliment- Robert Green's 47 Laws of Power, and Dale Carnegie's How to win friends and influence.
working in the corrections field I see a many parallels that combat profiling offers. Excellent book well written great information highly recommended!
"Excellent, quick listen that everyone MUST have."
This book breaks down the surroundings around you to be more aware and more prepared to identify a threat in an ever growing complex world. This book provides practical solutions for civilian, military, and first responder alike.
"an essential tool for the person who is awake"
extremely insightful and brings out a lot of things that we realized subconsciously but brings them to the surface for us to be able to consider and evaluate those subconscious recognitions.
"Read this book"
I own the paperback, kindle and now audio editions of this book and have read them all. Yes it's that good! Packed full o information on how to recognize and interpret patters of conflict.
"Get this book! But not the audio version..."
There is a wealth of information contained in this book, and its more applicable now then ever.
This is a valuable resource, and I would recommend it to anyone - however, the material is so dense, and the way it's laid out is much easier to comprehend if you are doing so visually, not via auditory methods. So many lists and examples for different techniques, it got hard to follow along with the narration.
"decent but could be better"
could have been more detailed in the actual process of profiling and examples of scenarios and what the body language ment beyond just saying displayed eyes are seeing something pleasurable give an example of how noticing this helped in the real world
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