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The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting Paperback – April 16, 2009
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"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 Foreword Reviews)
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Frankly,I cannot afford to lack a rudimentary strategy of coping with violent attack on the street;thugs frequently victimize people my age.
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It is a different perspective. Well written. Has a flow to it. Kind of like a train. The start is a little slow, but as you read, you get more and more engrossed in it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MDW101
A real eye-opener about violence and it's consequences. I was aware of my surroundings to avoid bad situations but never considered all the ramifications if I was drawn into a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frederick A Ramos
BUYER BEWARE. I bought this book for my son, a young man, recently out on his own for the first time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
All these books are about the same - this is good - in my profession - I guess I am just looking for something differentPublished 12 months ago by Rick
A thorough and thoughtful discussion of the ramifications of violence, written to help young men avoid bad decisions. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BBREDECK
Excellent book, highly recommend in understanding and appropriately reacting to violence in today's world.Published 13 months ago by Knife Enthusiast
Great info in here...If you think you are a tough guy...you owe it to your self to read this. Wish I had this book 20 years ago, it would of saved me Alot of $ and pain..Bob W.Published 13 months ago by Bob's Music!