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Product Details

  • Series: Preppers
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612431151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612431154
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two things I especially like about the book are that it is realistic and that I couldn't find any really bad advice....I feel Cobb tells readers what they should hear which is a credit to him." -- Charlie Palmer, Author of THE PREPPER NEXT DOOR

"Prepper's Home Defense has earned a place on my bookshelf by giving me the information I needed to go home and put in place some security procedures and equipment that made my home more secure the day I read the book." -- Stephanie Dayle, American Preppers Network

"I like this book because it simply addresses security issues which are of concern in preparedness circles, and also because even after twenty five years of prepping, it gave me some additional perspectives especially in the areas of structure hardening, safe rooms, and communications.... Jim Cobb gets my wholehearted recommendation for this book." -- RationalPreparedness.blogspot.com

"Jim does a great job in laying out the options and helping the reader wade through all of the available weapons choices.  I especially liked his improvised 'hand-spike' fashioned from a hub cap removal tool....  If you like reading about prepping - especially defense - you will like this book.  It's a great compilation of security strategies to help protect your 'fort' and 'family'...." -- Creek Stewart, Willow Haven Outdoor

"Starting from with basic concepts, he has put together a solid work for evaluating your home from a defensibility perspective and explains what items are necessary to have for both survival and defense." -- ReadingRoomBookReviews.com

About the Author

Jim Cobb is a disaster readiness expert and owner of DisasterPrepConsultants.com. He has been a prepper for most of his life and has worked almost twenty years in the security management and investigation fields. Jim formerly wrote The Frugal Prepper column in Survivalist Magazine and currently writes a daily blog for Survival-Gear.com. Jim's primary home online is found at SurvivalWeekly.com. He lives and works in the Upper Midwest, sequestered in a fortified bunker with his lovely wife and their three adolescent weapons of mass destruction.

More About the Author

Jim Cobb is the owner and lead trainer for DisasterPrepConsultants.com. His articles on preparedness have been published in national magazines such as Boy's Life. You can find him online at SurvivalWeekly.com. His books include Prepper's Home Defense, The Prepper's Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, and Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide. Jim lives in the Upper Midwest with his beautiful wife and their three adolescent weapons of mass destruction.

Customer Reviews

A very well written book that contains LOTS of very useful information.
K. Meyer
There are many practical, common sense ideas in this book that make really good sense, as well as recommendations for the the first line of defense in your home.
Shopper22
This book is great for one just getting into prepping - but even if you are familiar with this subject, chances are that you'll learn from this book.
hawkeye1776

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By J. Robideau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2013
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I was blown away by how many aspects of home defense this book manages to cover. From watch dogs to safe rooms to children and operational security, this book manages to offer some practical advice in a dizzying variety of areas related to home defense.

The author had some excellent quotes throughout the book and had good advice on defense in general as well.

The tone of the book was not sensational or scare-mongering, but rather level-headed.

This book had an excellent linked and structured Table of Contents. As this book is not encyclopedic in nature, I would have preferred to have more web links to resources.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone as an overview of the necessary considerations for effectively defending a home!

If you enjoyed this book, you may also enjoy Tactical Bible Stories: Personal Security Tips from the Bible a book that uses Bible stories to illustrate personal security principles or if you want another book with some more specific advice on making sure you have the lightest and most efficient BOB possible, I recommend Ultralight Survival: Make a Small and Light Bug Out Bag That Could Save Your Life.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Off-Grid-Geeks on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
The cliche of offering 'Something for everyone' is, in the case of Prepper's Home Defense, an apt description.

A good portion of the book deals with steps that are best implemented in a group environment; a group of preppers that are physically close together and can build a support team. If you are fortunate to be in such a situation, that is fantastic and these parts of the book can be used to implement security. I personally am not in such a situation, but I still learned a lot of good ideas to consider in those parts of the book.

Other parts deal with steps a couple or individual can take, and those more isolated can gain much from those discussions.
In a country or area with strict weapon controls? There are ideas presented to still secure and protect yourself. Have you heard the '3 is 2 and 2 is 1' adage? Meaning you should not count on just one solution to any need, you need to have plan 'B' and then plan 'C'. This book gives lots of smart alternative ideas you can use not just as primary solutions, but as backup plans as well.

The author also takes time to warn about remaining inside the boundaries of the laws that effect you, at least as long as there remains a Rule Of Law. I appreciate this, as so often inside of the prepper movement we see ideas that are not only dangerous, but likely to put you on the wrong side of the law. Topics that could get you in trouble, either physically or legally, are flagged appropriately through out the book.

The book contains lots of general excellent content, as I said, something for everyone. As such, it would make an excellent first read into this area of prepping. Probably the best first read I have seen, and I've looked at and read a lot of books.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By hawkeye1776 on December 9, 2012
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Numerous authors have taken on the task of explaining how to defend one's home. Many have started from the perspective of a bunker, well armed and fortified. This author takes a different approach: he starts from basic concepts of defense, works through simple definitions of both the concepts and the tangible items necessary for defense, and explains to the reader how to go from a position of low defendability to a much higher level of dendability. Jim Cobb not only explains what needs to be done to strengthen a home, and how it should be done - he also touches upon the most necessary concept, that of mindset needed to function as a credible and prepared defender. This book is great for one just getting into prepping - but even if you are familiar with this subject, chances are that you'll learn from this book. The book is by no means an encyclopedia - but it is easily the best primer on home defense that you can find. Buy this book first - read it, and you'll be well aware of what you'll need to achieve to ensure you, your family, and your home can be defended.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By rick1776 on December 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
After following his blog for some time I really anticipated great deal of help in defending my family, but what I got was a scatter-gun effect of some really good jewels hidden amongst birdshot. Then the jewels had very little substance to them. It does have something to offer to a newby for basic ideas but then no followup. There are no websites to see about more info, which might be okay, but also no words to search on the net. Please, if I am new at something I need direction. To me it was like reading a book on storing food that says you should can some food, dehydrate some, etc. and that's it, no in depth info and no places to look for more. I like his website and have learned a lot so, in spite of this books faillings I look forward to better from him next time.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joy Walker on January 5, 2013
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This book offers so much more than just shoot the bad guys. From the type of dog you might want to have, to what type of plants and where and how to plant them. What common items might be used as weapons, inside and outside the home.

For someone who is very naive about defense it has been an eye opener. He gets into a lot of different types of weapons and what would be best for each individual and situation. There is information for the novice like myself, right up to tactical stuff.

Definitely worth the money.
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