Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Principles of Personal Defense Paperback – 2006
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Louis Awerbuck is the owner/director of the Yavapai Firearms Academy, a small-arms training operation based in Prescott, Arizona. He served as Chief Rangemaster at the American Pistol Institute and is an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy's Central Training Academy.
Top Customer Reviews
While his chapter headings are good (7 principles), each "chapter" is about 2-3 pages of large print. The entire "book" contains only 28 pages on which there is reading material, and many of those pages are less than half full. And Paladin Press, usually fairly competent, apparently never bothered to proofread this mess, with missing punctuation and errors such as "50-called" instead of "so-called."
I will now give you the entire book, in less than 100 words:
Here are the seven principles of successful personal defense:
And the one take-home nugget of insight from this book:
All of these principles must be backed up by one's SKILL with a firearm, which requires training and practice. "YOU ARE NO MORE ARMED BECAUSE YOU ARE WEARING A PISTOL THAN YOU ARE A MUSICIAN BECAUSE YOU OWN A GUITAR." This one sentence inspired me to schedule some refresher training, and to set aside some additional time on a weekly basis to practice and maintain my skills.
OK, I just saved everyone about $10, plus s+h, plus the wait for it to arrive in the mail, plus the disappointment that you didn't buy one of Jeff's other books instead. Buy a box of JHPs with good stopping power, and think of me [fondly, NOT as the imaginary target!] the next time you go to the practice range.
Personally, reading this short book is as close as I'll ever get to sitting down with Colonel Cooper for a short chat about his thoughts on personal defense. I can almost imagine his voice as I read this book and his personality shows through.
This book serves as a wonderful introduction to Colonel Cooper or as a personal defense primer that ANYONE can pick up and read quickly. It will leave most readers looking for more!
I would absolutely feel comfortable recommending this book to even my mother without overwhelming her. There are very few books on this subject that would do well with that assignment.
- Yes, there are other, more extensive works available by Colonel Cooper, but at this time only four are available for the kindle. If you are looking for something with a little more content, check out: To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak The Truth
- Is it worth $9.99? That's up to you. What is sage advice really worth? The book I just recommended(To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak the Truth) will set you back more than $25, making this book look like a steal.
- Formatting and copy-editing are definitely substandard. There are a number of spacing and punctuation errors throughout. It's not like the book is too long to properly lay-out and proof. For the price, we should be getting a polished final product and frankly, Colonel Cooper's words deserve to be treated better. These errors do not make the text unreadable, just slightly annoying.Read more ›
I heartily recommend this book. I cannot do it justice on how clear and precise his teachings are. So, read it, and if you have friends or family among the grass eaters, get them to read it too.
Jeff doesn't claim the concepts in this book to be original, nor does length have bearing on quality. The concepts in this book can be critical to survival. If our entire society thought and reacted in this manner, our crime rates would drop dramatically, and the overall society would be more polite and better behaved.
I have purchased and given away at least a dozen copies of "Principles". It has ALWAYS been money well spent. This book bears repeated reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book should be a required read in high school and any self defense class. Having been the victim of an armed robbery, the principles in this book would have helped greatly. Read morePublished 18 minutes ago by Brad W.
This is barely a 5- star rating, but in the end it is indeed worth that rating.
This is a REALLY good book. Read more
In today's world, this book is surprising relevant and as profound as when it was written. A must read for every American.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
In this day and age, principles such as the ones presented in this publication are seen as horrific and provocative. Read morePublished 10 days ago by garrettaro
The best book ever written on personal defense. I use it not only in shooting class but use it to teach fine points in all martial artsPublished 13 days ago by JKN
This is the most practical guide I have encountered. It isn't a "how to fight" or "how to shoot" type of book, but it discusses the mindset required for... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tom
More like a collections of Col. Cooper's thoughts and sayings, instead of a "book".Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read this in an hour. Like the others say, more of a lecture outline. Would have been nice if. It could have been combined with another work. Again glad I didn't pay full price.Published 23 days ago by george geeseman