Recommended Review of a Failure of Civility

Discussion in 'Survival Reading Room' started by Clyde, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    Motomom34 likes this.
  2. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017 the review and ordered the book.

    Will give my opinion of it here after I receive and read it...
  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Pax, please let us know what you think. It sounds like a very good read.
  4. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    I ordered it too
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Ditto on the ordering it.
  6. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    OK...I have had the book for a little over a week now and have made an initial light read. My opinion is that it is a worthwhile book for everyone except, as the authors themselves say, those who insist on assuming the best about others at all times, feel that all problems can be solved by patience and compromise and cannot fathom killing another human being. There are those who would rather be dead than kill another and those people should not bother to buy this book.

    Otherwise, if you do not have military training or combat experience you should read this book at least twice...and keep it on the shelf for reference. The first read should be fast, basically looking over the the different subjects and getting an idea of small unit tactics is a much more readable and understandable (for those who do not think in military) presentation than in military manuals. The second read should be a slow, thoughtful read concentrating on WHY the techniques used are effective so that you can begin to think defensively.

    If you do have the experience of combat the small unit tactical lessons and defensive issues (channeling of attackers, fields of fire, booby traps, etc) will be more of a refresher and adaptation to a new kind of battlefield. For many of us it has been many years since we dealt with defensive perimeters, ambushes and patrolling and many of us have never adapted those concepts to an urban environment. The authors are experienced infantrymen and special ops troops besides having street law enforcement experience and a background teaching these things to others.

    One thing that may be initially off-putting to some is their insistence on remaining in an urban area and concentration on defensive methodology for residential neighborhoods, high and low rise apartment buildings and even commercial buildings...but the philosophies they espouse are universal and only the objects change. They also make one of the better arguments I have run across for remaining in an urban area...I still disagree with them for me and mine, but see their point for the majority of folks...especially those with no "home turf" outside the city.

    Overall I don't think there is anyone other than a currently active special operator or a very experienced and good field grade infantry officer who would not get value from this book...and those people could probably also benefit at least from the techniques the authors use to present the subjects to others.

    As always...JMO/YMMV
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Seems to be no longer available.
    From some of the reviews I read elsewhere, I wonder why Bracken so so hot about it?
  8. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus

  9. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Ahh thanks, site was down last week when I checked (actually was more than down - had an expired domain parking page)
  10. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus

    And that is another "been there, done that". I hate when the spam filter eats the renewal notice and I don't have auto-renew turned on. :D
  11. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    We keep SM prepaid out 10 years and re-up a couple more years every other year.
  12. smithcp2002

    smithcp2002 Monkey+++

    Just ordered on amazon. $86 ouch. Hope to use it as a bump to the reset of the herd. One person wanted $200.
  13. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    I received my copy last week and have taken the time time to read the first two chapters. So far, all I will say is that for anyone with absolutely no military background let alone combat experience needs to purchase this A.S.A.P. The ultimate Survival Book for Neighborhood Protection during disaster or civil unrest

    If you have to sacrifice every non needed expenditure for a couple of weeks to be able to purchase this book, I implore you to do so. This book is nothing but the real world gone to hell in a hand basket with tactics, techniques, & procedures(TTP's) that can very well tip the scales in your favor.
    Mountainman likes this.
  14. smithcp2002

    smithcp2002 Monkey+++

    Slowly reading, three to four times a chapter, not a people person. The neighborhood group thing is a rough to the sand box tools, this I do grasp. Do I wish to have everyone to have access? Not!! OPEC. To not trusting? Great book!! Buy more for family, open doors to past.
  15. franks71vw

    franks71vw Monkey+++

    Saw the website was up and running are they accepting orders?
  16. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Does anyone here have an e-book version of this? I want to send the story and conclusion on pages 27 to 32 out to all my email contacts. The story should wake up a few of them, maybe!
  17. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    There is no e-book version and the format is such that scanning/converting would be very difficult.

    Guess you'll just have to type the story and conclusions ...
  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Found a link that is not exactly the same as the book, but written by the same guy and tells the story that I wanted for my email.

    One Year In Hell…Surviving a Full SHTF Collapse in Bosnia |
  19. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    What? The gov't stealing all registered guns? How can this be? Our gov't loves us! The communist moslem in the WH loves us! Our masters and our slave owners love us! They would never ban ammo sales (LA, Baltimore) or steal guns from law abiding citizens while ignoring known criminals running around carrying guns openly (New Orleans), or ,,,,

    If you believe nothing else, believe this: "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." - Ayn Rand. THAT they do every day. YOUR turn is coming.
    Mountainman likes this.
  20. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Say what??? See below.
survivalmonkey SSL seal warrant canary