- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Specialized Tactical Training Unit (May 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939235064
- ISBN-13: 978-0939235063
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,135,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Informative, instructive description on how to bodyguard. Many techniques and strategies are explained in detail.
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I rate the book's contents and layout to 3 stars. The book seems to cover pretty much every aspect of the BGs' work, although when things get interesting the author stops. Some aspects of bodyguarding are explained in a very detailed way and som others in a very shallow way. I felt that the book really didn't explain much of the BG's techniques or tricks in depth but more about how a BG should be and behave. The book gives the reader good tips on BG schools and how to find the best BG education. Not so great for me that don't want to be a BG, only read about their techniques, but probably a good source of information for BG wannabes.
If I could rate the author I would rate him no more than 1 star.
When reading many of the things in the book, espacially the author's notes and his "personal views" on some topics, I got really mad.
Mr Lonsdale may have the knowledge and experience exceeding that of hundreds or maybe thousands of BGs all over the world but I've never come across an author with so many "twisted" personal oppinions.
For example reffering to the principle's wife as a "Barbie", obviously disturbed and maybe jealous of his rich customers' "spoiled" wifes. I wouldn't hire Mr Lonsdale just for saying such a thing about my wife.
Also in none of the author's notes I can read about the author's own mistakes, he obviously has never made a mistake. I would've respected the author much more if he would've explained his own mistakes instead of the mistakes of others reffering to them as "stupid" BGs.
This passage really takes the price.
Quote from the book:
"One particularly annoying individual is the no-class lecher who cannot stop himself ogling the principal's date. This can prove very disconcerting in the confines of a club, espacially if the principal is an older gentleman accompanied by a young model or actress. If the club management cannot take care of this problem, then it is sometimes appropriate for the BGs to indulge in a little subtle intimidation. Most self professed playboys and "latin lovers" are not figthers and will become equally uncomfortable with too much attention from the BGs.
However, the best solution is to simply tip the club's bouncer to just toss the jerk's skinny butt out of the club, for whatever reason."
And this man has a gun permit?!!
Reading the whole book I didn't detect any humoristic feeling that could explain the tone of such a writing. Authors like Marc "Animal" MacYoung and James LaFond can get away with these things.
Mr Lonsdale doesn't succeed with his humoristic tone, although I doubt he is actually trying to be funny. This is just one more macho writer that takes himself to seriously.
A fellow specialist