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Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life Paperback – June 13, 2014
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These invaluable lessons from the Marine Combat Hunter Program will teach you how to read your environment and respond to it faster than those around you. By learning how to read baseline body language, and immediately detect anomalies, you can begin to know what people are going to do before they do it. More importantly, with these skills you can recognize when someone is trying to pull you into a bad situation, and know the proper countermove. The Israeli system of "characterization" - correlating objective suspicion indicators with known or plausible environmentally specific M.O.'s - is extremely effective for stopping criminal activities and terrorist surveillance dry runs or attacks. This book complements that standardized system very well, by revealing microbehaviors in baseline activity that help us to form a faster understanding of both an individual's and a group's intentions - before they act.
This is a book that is extremely useful for training others in time critical decisionmaking - not just in a law enforcement or military environment, but in natural disasters as well. This book will teach you how to steal time when you need it most, by interpreting events and outthinking situations before they harm you.Read more ›
Left of Bang is a metaphor for preventing the attack, the first shot, the explosion etc. The authors advise “to think about an attack on a timeline, bang is in the middle. Bang is the act. Bang is the IED explosion, the sniper taking a shot, or the beginning of an ambush. Bang is what we want to prevent. Being left of bang means that a person has observed one of the pre-event indicators, one of the warning signs that must occur, earlier on the timeline for the bang to happen. Being on the other end of the timeline is referred to as being right of bang. Most of the training that military operators and law enforcement personnel receive is reactive. They learn skills and techniques that rely on someone else taking the initiative, which means waiting for the enemy or criminal to act first. Unfortunately, whoever strikes first possesses a powerful tactical advantage. When a person is right of bang, they are reacting to the action that took place.”
These lessons from Left of Bang will teach you how to read your environment and respond to it faster than those around you. By learning how to read baseline body language, and immediately detect anomalies, you can begin to know what people are going to do before they do it. More importantly, with these skills you can recognize the signs and signals when someone is trying to lure you into a bad situation. Through pattern recognition in baseline activity that help us to form a faster understanding of both an individual's and a group's intentions before they act.Read more ›
If you are in a protective services role of any kind you need to read this book and strive to apply the skills it describes. If you are a private citizen concerned about your personal safety you can get more out of this information than you will get from a self defense course that focuses on physical skills or a concealed carry weapons permit. That is not to say that physical self defense skills or weapons are not useful or important, they are, but they are also reactive. By the time you need to apply them a problem has already occurred. Van Horne and Riley's book puts you "left of bang" that is to say ahead of the problem or the attack. It gives you usable tools that increase the likelihood that you will identify a threat in advance and be able to avoid it or take proactive action to protect yourself and others before an attack occurs.
Numerous books and security courses stress the importance of awareness and being proactive. Unfortunately most discuss this concept in very general terms and never explain in detail how to do it. Left of Bang is the first book I have read that really teaches these concepts in a logical way; discusses how to make decisions rapidly based on your observations and provides a methodology for practicing and enhancing these skills.
Left of Bang is a truly valuable book that provides access to potentially life saving skills. Even experienced personnel will get immense value from reading it.
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Not a bad book as an audiobook, but I think the read version would be better. I am assuming there are illustrations to go with it that are simply described in the audio. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Donald Busack
This is a book that everyone should read and more importantly follow. For the most part, at least from what I see and have been seeing, is a total lack of awareness regarding what... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Curt Seefeldt
You can look at my other reviews and they are real - every one of them and I've hardly ever given a 5 star rating, and I've pounded some books fairly, this does two things - First... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
A must read for anyone wanting to be prepared but at the same time avoiding unnecessary conflict. The concept of situational awareness, alert to your environment as to what is... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ken Krauss
The concepts were articulated well. A great read for someone who spends their lifetime training for a violent career.Published 13 days ago by Joe Dunlap
An invaluable read for anyone! Develop your intuitive and situational analysis abilities.Published 24 days ago by Reader-Traveler