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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312357729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312357726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book stands strong against a continuous, 5-million year history of violence against women.  Lori Gervasi tells you exactly how to choose safety over victimization."--Gavin de Becker, author of New York Times bestseller The Gift of Fear

About the Author

LORI HARTMAN GERVASI is a black belt, trained in Traditional American Karate, a martial art style based on conventional methods such as Okinawan Shorin-Ryu and Japanese Shotokan.  She worked as a television journalist for ABC News and Channel 9 News in Los Angeles.  She lives in California.

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The information here is presented very well.
LGray
This book is a must read for all women, but especially for our high-school and college-age daughters.
C. Pellitteri
I used this book in my self defense and awareness course.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MarySue on March 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
After reading THE GIFT OF FEAR by Gavin Becker, I ran accoss this book. I could not put it down, reading it untill the wee hours of the morning. First, this is a no frills tell it like it is book. After reading this, I am enrolling my 11 year old in a self defence class. I am motivated to join myself. As a victem of a deranged male myself, I wish I knew these tips before I was in postion to need them. The unconcious process of shutting down is explained and stress why you should practice what you would do in certain situations to avoid this from happening, giving your brain another choice to go to. I found this an especially helpfull tip. I will getting this for my girls and have already given my 11 year old all the tips I read in the book. It is too bad women need to read a book such as this but the reality is we do!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Summers on February 13, 2008
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Fight Like a Girl and Win is a superb gift to all women in the art of self-defense. Not only does Hartman Gervasi give physical tips to guard against an attack, she gives women the greatest tip of all: the psychological way of preparing for the "bad guy". You, the reader, will ask yourself the difficult question of how far you are capable of going when an attack happens and learn defense do's and don'ts so you don't get caught off-guard. Her victim stories, both of success and failure, are a bittersweet tribute to those whose decisions inspired this book and encourage us to fight like a girl and win!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Pam K. on February 25, 2008
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This book is the most insightful and helpful book for women on the market today. Rather than just dealing with physical self-defense strategies, it has actionable ideas that can be employed immediately. Plus it is great for any female - young/old, strong/not-so-strong, urban/rural - important information and suggestions for all. Furthermore, it is well-written in an intriguing and conversational manner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By In My Opinion on December 29, 2011
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Many of the techniques will not work UNLESS you have trained hard for years (many ineffective techniques for the average women). REALITY BASED techniques would be much better. HOWEVER...

THE INFORMATION IN THIS BOOK IS BEYOND DESCRIPTION. THOUGHT-OUT, EFFECTIVE, PROFOUND, INTELLIGENT, EYE-OPENING, REALISTIC, LIFE-SAVING!!
EVERY WOMEN ON THE PLANET MUST READ AND APPLY WHAT IS IN THIS BOOK.

I have trained for over 40 years and also train Self-defense for women, and the overall information (not most of the techniques) in this book is invaluable!!!
By far the best overall safety and awareness information on this subject matter I have ever read.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Pellitteri on August 27, 2007
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Ms. Gervasi presents her material in an easy to read, down to earth format, making for a very enjoyable read.
More than just "punches and kicks", her book provides concepts and ideas about self-defense that will immediately help the reader stay safe in an increasingly violent world.
Aimed at girls and women, there is information that will aid male readers as well.
This book is a must read for all women, but especially for our high-school and college-age daughters.
A great read - well though out and well presented.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gail Westmoreland on February 4, 2012
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I am a 2nd Dan Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor. I give 2-3 women's self-defense workshops per year and this is THE book I use to discuss issues. Although it contains very little (only a few pages) in the way of actually physically defending oneself with kicks and punches, etc., it is loaded with preparedness. You do not have to be a martial artist to defend yourself. That's what it is all about--making decisions in advance and then... acting on them. Lori's book is indeed a page-turner. Like other reviewers have said, I could not put it down and could not read it fast enough. With so many books I read, I glance at the outside and think "oh no, I'm not even half-way through", but with Lori's book, I thought "oh no! I'm almost finished!"
The book gives numerous first-hand accounts of real episodes in women's lives and some of them just make your jaw drop in disbelief that such things could really happen to people. Lori describes 4 levels of force that someone could attack you with. You need to quickly recognize which level you are in if an encounter begins because you must then either meet or exceed that level of attack. She discusses some of the moral and legal issues inherent in confrontational encounters. Lori urges women to make decisions now "on an uneventful day" so that you can be mentally and physically prepared for what we all pray will never happen. A waste of time then you may ask? I think not, especially if your life may depend on it. I believe that this book is a must-read for every woman out there, martial artist or not --- even moreso if you are not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JOANNE on June 30, 2011
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I learned so much from this book. I think the principles in this book should be taught to girls starting in Jr. High or maybe elementary. If I would have know and been given permission, like this book does, to speak up . . . lets just say I would have avoided a lot of abuse and been an example to others not to be a victim. Don't worry about being rude or waiting until you are one hundred percent sure someone is a creep before you speak up. By then you have already been violated. Trust your gut and instincts and pick up this book. I will definitely teach my daughters (and any woman I can) about what I have learned in this book.
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