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More of the Deadliest Men Who Ever Lived

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ISBN-10: 1581606907
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About the Author

Paul Kirchner has been a writer and illustrator for more than 25 years. His work has appeared in publications ranging from Marvel comics to The Wall Street Journal to Paladin author Jeff Cooper's books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581606907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581606904
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary L. Crumrine on October 26, 2009
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We are trained to delegate our violence. We have police, but most police are no longer expected to deal with the most serious trouble. Those are matters the police pass to SWAT. We have armies, but most soldiers are clerks and cooks and mechanics. Only a few soldiers in any war are at the tip of the spear. Even the people to whom we delegate our violence further delegate that violence. That is because the number of people who are able and ready to directly harm others, even in legitimate self-defense, are rare. And that's what makes them interesting.

These are men and the occasional woman who see themselves, and their neighbors generally see them, as good people doing the right thing. Yet they manage to object to violence in a meaningful way, and the more prickly ones sometimes often so. As you would expect, the largest part of each mini-biography is focused on the particular act or acts that eventually caused the principals to find themselves in this splendid volume.

The author writes as one knowledgeable in the application of violence, as reflected by the five recurring themes in each section: mindset, weapon familiarity, accuracy, power, and speed. The blend of these five constituents largely determines success, and the particular mix employed by each subject is the point of the book. There is much to learn here.
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Excellent short stories filled with many lessons on some amazing people, many of whom are relatively obscure. A common theme to most is they took their martial art seriously and practiced. John Wesley Hardin, for example, practiced dry fire for 2 hours a day according to his land lady. Rene Fonck, the top Allied ace of both World Wars, advised other pilots to "Avoid all excess and train like a prize fighter." Mastery of a skill is only achieved through practice and most of the people in this book had both the skills mastered and the proper mindset to prevail.
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Paul Kirchner tells more riveting stories about real heroes in this second volume of Deadliest Men. This time around, he's a little less picky about the warriors he includes and because of that, people like Saburo Sakai and several snipers are included, giving a well-rounded view of the different types of militants. Simply put, this volume expands on the first with a greater variety of historic men (and a few women), more fluid story telling and more of Paul Kirchner's awesome illustrations.
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This book was fascinating. I have been a student of combative arts for a decade and I had never heard of some of these people. The author pulls no punches. He gives you the good side and the bad side for the people he is writing about.
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Kirchner's "Deadliest Men" books were strongly recommended to me by a long time friend who is retired from a career in 5th Group Special Forces and now a military contractor, a man I would describe as potentially quite lethal, himself.

Great read! Almost as good as the first, but I do not mean to damn the sequel by faint praise. I would give Kirchner's first book six stars if a six star rating could be given. I look forward to yet another sequel of "Deadliest Men", and I hope the author is listening.

Each chapter is a succinct and academically well researched synopsis of the life and times of one particularly deadly individual (or pair of individuals, in a couple of cases). This book could be described as the perfect 15 minute read, one chapter at a time. Or, you can pick it up after supper and finish it as 3 AM, like I did both it and the "Deadliest Men" before it. Truly awe inspiring!
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History has many fascinating stories and Paul Kirchner does his research to bring these stories to life. Very well written and a must for those who honor men of great feats.
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Once in awhile one needs to read tales of great derring-do by others. Not only entertaining, but also instructive. The big lesson here is that one need not give up and true warriors never do.
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The Kindle edition is a disaster. Pages are missing. The content might be excellent, as was the first volume, but I can't tell. I am returning it for a refund.
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