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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center; 3.2.2009 edition (April 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594391297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594391293
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kane and Wilder's book will save lives. It will keep others out of prison. As an attorney, a self-defense instructor, and someone who has experienced violence, I was most impressed with the practical and realistic information" (Alain Burrese, J.D., former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, author)

"An exceptionally modest title for a volume so comprehensive. Kane and Wilder maintain an engaging, readable, and occasionally humorous style that makes the book not just incredibly useful, but hard to put down as well." (Barry Eisler, author)

"Every parent of an adolescent should read this." (Julie Van Dielen, Producer, Law Enforcement Training for In the Line of Duty)

"A very cool yet frightening perspective on violence; a book where the dreams of heroism and adventure are acted upon with proper forethought and intellect." (Martina Sprague, martial arts instructor, author)

"Complete with forewords by a police sergeant and an expert—aptly named "Animal"—who has survived all kinds of street violence, this book belong in the hands of every young and not-so-young male." (Alan J. Couture, Book Reviewer for ForeWord Reviews)

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Praise for The Little Black Book of Violence:

"This book will save lives. It will keep others out of prison. I commend both Kane and Wilder for providing this much-needed resource." -- Alain Burrese, J.D.
 
"Reminiscent of Musashi's Book of Five Rings, Little Black Book of Violence gives the reader insight way beyond punching and kicking back. Well done and comprehensive." -- Kancho John Roseberry
 
"Every parent of an adolescent should read this." -- Julie Van Dielen
 
"This wonderful book fills a necessary void of knowledge in the realm of martial science. I rate it at five out of five stars. Bravo!" -- Jeffrey-Peter A.M. Hauck, J.D.
 
"Everyone with a pulse should read this book, but it's a must read for teenaged boys, who aren't likely to get this kind of a tutorial at home or school." -- William C. Dietz, bestselling author
 
"A very cool yet frightening perspective on violence; a book where the dreams of heroism and adventure are acted upon with proper forethought and intellect." -- Martina Sprague
 
"Fills in crucial information about street survival that most instructors don't teach or even know." -- Loren W. Christensen, 7th dan
 
"This book is an important work that all youth of any post-elementary school age should read or at least should have portions read to them (with the caution that the graphic nature of some of the words and illustrations could be overwhelming to some adolescents). I like to call this book Scared Smart or at least Scared Thoughtful." -- Michael F. Murphy, School Board Director
 
"A must read for any man or woman who is interested in learning not only how to defend oneself, but how to read other people's aggressions, and understand both the mental and physical aspects of violence." - Staff Sgt. Bryan Hopkins, USMC
 
"An exceptionally modest title for a volume so comprehensive. Kane and Wilder maintain an engaging, readable, and occasionally humorous style that makes the book not just incredibly useful, but hard to put down as well." -- Barry Eisler, bestselling author

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Customer Reviews

Once you have done this, go ahead and sit down and read through this book.
Shawn Kovacich
I agree with the quote on the cover of the book - this is a text with the potential to save lives, if we can get it into the hands of those who need it most.
Derek E. McElfresh
Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder have written one of the best books I've ever seen on the realities of violence.
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Derek E. McElfresh on April 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Little Black Book of Violence, by Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder, fills an interesting niche in the genre of self-defense books. This is a book that is basically designed from the ground up to appeal to young men (ages 15-22'ish). The writing style and attitude the authors take towards the reader immediately reflect this focus, and the book has a very personal style as a result. From the outset, the reader is made aware that the real goal of the book is to help young men avoid the kind of violence that will be detailed therein, hopefully preventing life-altering consequences such as injury, jailtime, or death.

The most impressive thing about the book is that as a deterrent to violent behavior, my bet is that it will likely work for a reasonably large portion of its target audience. While it will likely have very little effect on the real whackos out there, this would be a very useful book for those young men who would make a mistake because they hadn't really thought of the consequences.

I work in a public school, and I can tell you that I can think of half a dozen young men right off the top of my head whom I feel would benefit from this book.

So, that said, the next question must be whether or not this is a book that is worth owning by anyone outside the primary target audience. It is here that I give the book a resounding yes. As a lifelong martial artist and as someone whose primary interests include the fields of self defense and criminal justice, I can say that this has been a very informative read. Kane and Wilder have managed to condense an extremely large topic into condensed, information-packed chunks. They have combined some of the best aspects of books by DeBecker, Miller, Grossman, and others, into a very readable and 'novice-friendly' format.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Marc MacYoung on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a parent, how many times have you faced the dreaded question, "Why?" Suddenly you find yourself stumbling and stuttering over complications and nuances that you can't articulate. What's most frustrating is that after a lifetime of experience, you DO know them on an almost instinctive level. But you can't really explain WHY one course of action is better than another.

The question of "Why shouldn't I fight?" is one of those 'uh...err...' subjects. One that you NEED a better answer than
a) because it's wrong.
b) because you'll get in trouble
c) because you can get hurt
Those answers ARE true. But that's the understanding of a person who has a lifetime of experience and has seen what happens to people who used violence.

Your child doesn't have that knowledge or experience.

Explaining why violence isn't the best course is made more difficult because -- to the young person -- the need to establish social status, the hormone cocktail, a not fully developed brain and the fear of losing face is like a tidal wave inside of them. Every nerve in their being is telling them that they HAVE to engage in violence to keep from losing status and face. You telling them that they can get in trouble, doesn't mean much because to them, they ALREADY have trouble and violence looks like THE answer.

Usually it's not. Young people don't realize what a Pandora's Box of trouble violence can -- and will -- open in their lives. But fighting and violence looks like a good answer to someone who doesn't have a lot of life experience. That's why they need you to help guide them.

Now ... you could try to explain to your son (or daughter) all of problems involved with violence OR you could hand him this book.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Place on May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Although the Little Black Book of Violence might fall into the martial art genre, it's so much more than just another book on how to punch a person there and kick a person here. It's a book that is vitally important to have in your library, whether you're a martial arts newbie, a martial arts veteran, or a person who doesn't train at all but wants to understand what violence is all about.

Most people's understanding of man's inhumanity to man is what they see on TV. But people who have experienced it up close and personal know that the boob tube - dramas, reality videos and news programs - simply do not capture the truth of it, the tangible horror of it, the gut wrenching, eye watering, bladder releasing, and heart thumping essence of real violence. This book does a superb job of teaching you what it's really like, teaching you how to avoid it and teaching you how to survive it when you can't.

There are three sections in the book, the first looks at ways to avoid violence BEFORE it happens, the second examines all aspects of violence AS it happens, and the third looks at all the issues that can happen in its AFTERMATH.

This is an important, information-crammed text on a subject that, sadly, is part of our world, our everyday life. Kane and Wilder have done a superb job here that will save lives.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Loren w Christensen VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been training in the martial arts since 1965 and I enjoy a collection of martial arts books that numbers in the hundreds. Kane and Wilder's The Little Black Book of Violence earns a slot on the top shelf as arguably one of the best texts on the subject of violence to come out in recent years. Actually, you can't go wrong with any book by this dynamic writing team, as each one they've written fills a critical void in the martial arts genre.

Understand that you're not going learn how to better throw a punch or kick, but you will learn when to use them and when not to use them. This text isn't about the mechanics of martial arts techniques, but about everything else involved with a violent encounter.

The text is broken into the three parts of every physical encounter:

Section One: Before Violence Occurs
Section Two: During a Violent Encounter
Section Three: Aftermath of Violence

Each section is meaty with solid info that will help you avoid a confrontation, survive it when it does explode, and know how to survive the aftermath, which many have learned the hard way can be the worst part of all, with such issues as arrest, court, lawsuits, PTSD, and physical injury.

While martial arts schools show you how to kick and punch, this book fills in critical information about street survival that most instructors don't teach or simply don't know.

Get this book.
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