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Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate Collection

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Self Defense books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Law of Self Defense: The Indispensable Guide to the Armed Citizen (2016)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe world is a dangerous place. That’s why you’re prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones. Now arm yourself for the legal battle that happens after an attack. The first fight is for your life – the second for your liberty. Andrew F. Branca, the renowned expert in self-defense law, teaches you how to make quick, effective, legally appropriate decisions in life-and-death situations. His easy-to-understand analysis thoroughly covers the laws of all fifty states. Key legal principles are illustrated with interesting, sometimes heart-wrenching, true…
Author(s): Andrew F. Branca, Massad Ayoob

2. 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation (2015)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionA hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson—adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations—to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.In today’s increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson—former Navy SEAL—wants you…
Author(s): Clint Emerson

3. Self-Defense: An Alex Delaware Novel (2013)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionDr. Alex Delaware doesn’t see many private patients anymore, but the young woman called Lucy is an exception. So is her dream. Lucy Lowell is referred to Alex by Los Angeles police detective Milo Sturgis. A juror at the agonizing trial of a serial killer, Lucy survived the trauma only to be tormented by a recurring nightmare: a young child in the forest at night, watching a strange and furtive act.     Now Lucy’s dream is starting to disrupt her waking life, and Alex is concerned. The power of the dream, its grip on Lucy’s emotions, suggests…
Author(s): Jonathan Kellerman

4. Psychic Self-Defense: The Classic Instruction Manual for Protecting Yourself Against Paranormal Attack (2011)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionAfter finding herself the subject of a powerful psychic attack in the 1930’s, famed British occultist Dion Fortune wrote this detailed instruction manual on protecting oneself from paranormal attack. This classic psychic selfdefense guide explains how to understand the signs of a psychic attack, vampirism, hauntings, and methods of defense.Everything you need to know about the methods, motives, and physical aspects of a psychic attack and how to overcome it is here, along with a look at the role psychic elements play in mental illness and how to recognize them.This is one of…
Author(s): Dion Fortune

5. How To Be Your Own Bodyguard: Self Defense for men & women from a lifetime of protecting clients in hostile environments. (2017)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionNow you don’t have to be rich enough to hire your own bodyguard. You can learn the skills in this book and take care of yourself the way the pros do.WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?“How To Be Your Own Bodyguard” is an invaluable reference for:• Anybody who wants to significantly reduce their risk of ever being a victim of a crime.• People smart enough to figure out there’s more to self-defense than learning how to fight• Anyone who travels for business or pleasure.• Professional Close Protection Agents• People who want to try and avoid trouble rather than…
Author(s): Nick Hughes, Marcus Wynne

6. Realistic Self-Defense for Parents, Children, and Adolescents: Learn How to Become Aware of Your Surroundings, Avoid Danger, Trust Your Intuition, and Use Physical Self-Defense Techniques to Stay Safe (2011)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionRealistic Self-Defense For Parents, Children, and Adolescents is a comprehensive self-defense manual that is designed to teach children and adolescents how to avoid altercations and physically defend themselves. This book will teach children how to listen and trust their intuition, become aware of their surrounds, use their words to avoid an altercation, stay safe on the internet, and control their fear. The physical self-defense techniques in this manual include how to correctly use your hands, elbows, knees, and legs to stop an attacker. Children…
Author(s): Marc Bochner

7. BECOME A WALKING WEAPON!: A Cheater’s Guide to Simple Skills, Practical Tactics and Other “Dirty Little Secrets” of Self-Defense You Can Learn, Use and Apply TODAY (2019)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionHave you ever felt that twinge of doubt when thinking about what you would do should ever be attacked? Did you ever wonder if the martial arts classes you took would really work if anything, you know, ever “really” happened? Do you worry about your children, spouse or loved ones and their safety? There’s absolutely no need to feel insecure or embarrassed about this topic: they are the right questions to ask, because the ability to protect yourself is not a luxury; it’s a responsibility. We live in a world where bad things happen to good people every day. Have…
Author(s): Robert M Bartkowski

8. Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense (2014)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn a long-awaited update of the world's most authoritative work on the subject, Massad Ayoob draws from an additional three decades of experience to educate responsible firearms owners about the legal, ethical, and practical use of firearms in self defense–the armed citizens' rules of engagement. "After forty years as a practicing criminal defense attorney, I know that what Mas says, teaches, and writes is the best, state-of-the-art knowledge you can get." ~ , Former President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers…
Author(s): Massad Ayoob, Jeff Weiner

9. The Ultimate Guide to Unarmed Self Defense (2014)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Ultimate Guide to Unarmed Self Defense is a comprehensive guide to the most efficient and effective strategies, training methods, and techniques for functional self defense. Most self defense and martial arts books cover only one or two aspects of violent attacks and are typically unrealistic. The Ultimate Guide to Unarmed Self Defense covers every aspect of self defense, from awareness and prevention to exceptionally effective techniques. Techniques and training methods are presented as taught in private lessons, and hundreds of easy to follow photos…
Author(s): Erath Jr, David

10. The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense at Work (1999)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionFor some employees, verbal abuse can be the everyday language of doing business. Defending yourself from these verbal abusers—calmly, professionally, and successfully—can be crucial to your on-the-job success.   Nationally recognized linguistics expert and author Suzette Haden Elgin applies her acclaimed techniques for combating verbal attacks to common workplace situations. Powerful yet unthreatening, her proven strategies will help you recognize and defend yourself from verbal abuse—everything from casual obscenities and racist or sexist language to sarcasm, cutting jokes, and subtle put-downs.   Richly…
Author(s): Suzette Haden Elgin

11. Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 250 Self-Defense and Combative Techniques (2016)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate Collection“Darren Levine has my unqualified support and gratitude for his contributions to Krav Maga.” –Imi Lichtenfeld, founder of Krav MagaTHE TOP-SELLING GUIDE TO KRAV MAGA IN AN UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITIONAll the defense moves in Complete Krav Maga—from beginner Yellow Belt to advancedBlack Belt—are described in depth and illustrated with step-by-step photos:• BEGINNER: Punches, kicks, knee strikes and defense movements• INTERMEDIATE: Counterattacks against knives, guns and sticks• ADVANCED: Advanced strikes and ground fighting techniquesBased on the principle that it is best…
Author(s): Darren Levine, John Whitman

12. Practical Karate 1: Fundamentals of Self-defense (1963)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionLearn karate and self defense…
Author(s): Donn F. Draeger, M. Nakayama

13. Krav Maga Combatives: Maximum Effect (2019)

 Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate CollectionBECAUSE NOT ALL KRAV MAGA IS THE SAME® This book is designed for krav maga trainees, security-conscious civilians, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and military personnel alike who wish to refine their essential krav maga combatives, improve their chances of surviving a hostile attack and prevail without serious injury. Combatives are the foundation of krav maga counter-attacks. These are the combatives of the original Israeli Krav Maga Association (Grandmaster Gidon). It is irrefutable that you need only learn a few core combatives to be an effective fighter. Simple is easy. Easy is…
Author(s): David Kahn, Sean P Hoggs

Best Self Defense Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some self defense books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Mastering Self Defense : Ability 1 Hand and Eye Coordination

Author(s): Sulayman, Qi Sheng
ID: 2873154, Publisher: Zhandou Dashi Inc., Year: 2021, Size: 18 Mb, Format: epub

Mental Self Defense and Reverse Social Engineering for Human Beings

Author(s): J. Michael Hudson
ID: 2535576, Publisher: Leanpub, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Psychic Self-Defense

Author(s): Dion Fortune
ID: 2538397, Publisher: Libre Dionysia, Year: 2020, Size: 408 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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