Gear: The Gift of Fear


The Gift of Fear

by Gavin DeBecker from Dell Publishing Available Here
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Survival
Price: $15
Average Rating:
(25 Votes)

In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation's leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger--before it's too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, to act when approached by a stranger...when you should fear someone close to you...what to do if you are being to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls...the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person...and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.

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    bighead, Mon, 15 Oct 2007 11:40:15 UTC.
    1st review

    An excellent book. Put this on your required reading, right behind Lt. Col Dave Grossmans book, On Combat.

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    joncache, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 05:12:18 UTC.

    Good general book to read. I had my wife read the chapter about strangers approaching and their motives. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a good training tool.

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    JIMROC, Sun, 25 Nov 2007 01:49:45 UTC.

    borrowed this book from a friend, and talked the department in to purchasing one for our library. excellent reading.,

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    Marine4life, Sat, 01 Dec 2007 09:20:50 UTC.

    Very good book book....... Must read

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    gkelly, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 05:44:13 UTC.

    decent book, but not directly related to law enforcement. may persuade some LEO's to make fatal mistake of not seeing a potentally dangerous subject as being so. TAKE NOONE FOR GRANTED!!

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    brooks125, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 00:17:56 UTC.

    I have used what I learned in this book several times in the field. Gavin is one of those people that immediately leave you thinking "This guy actually knows what he's talking about!" (poi - I couldn't care less what Oprah thinks)

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    CSL, Fri, 07 Mar 2008 21:37:49 UTC.

    We all have it and must learn how to use it.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 21 Sep 2008 02:37:45 UTC.

    An outstanding read, should be required for new officers. DeBecker knows his stuff!

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    brad0351, Thu, 02 Oct 2008 01:59:13 UTC.

    Same with On Killing by Grossman, should be required reading for LEO's and military!!

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    Davello331, Wed, 08 Oct 2008 22:56:49 UTC.

    Great book. Everyone, police officers and women especially, should read this book. Fascinating exploration of the bodies fear mechanism and survival.

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    dolphinblue, Thu, 20 Nov 2008 21:05:30 UTC.

    The gift of fear is that bit of intuition that makes us turn our head and say "what's different" or what's wrong about this situation....something is just not quite right

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    motorcop5701, Sun, 04 Jan 2009 15:02:11 UTC.

    MUST READ. I gave each of my squad a copy for X-Mas. I can honestly say it has made me more aware of the reason I should listen to my "gut feeling" than ever before. Two of my officers have already read it and it is a topic of discussion in roll call........ Should be on your shelf, if not, get it you will not be disappointed!

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    mhskygirl09, Thu, 12 Mar 2009 05:39:50 UTC.

    Excellent book with easy read, ready to practice skills daily. I highly recommend this book and is referenced in a lot of what I teach.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:57:13 UTC.

    This should be required reading for everyone in law enforcement, they should make cadets read it during the academy.

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    txsheepdog, Thu, 12 Mar 2009 23:22:39 UTC.

    Another 5 stars from me ... great book.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:13:49 UTC.

    An honest, informative book; I'd call it a must read for women.

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    waterlove121620, Sun, 22 Mar 2009 17:41:27 UTC.

    Becouse it shows you what to do if you are being stalked, how to uncover the source of anoymons threats or phone calls.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 11 Jun 2009 04:44:53 UTC.

    A beneficial tool for anyone who has been a victim of violence, for those working toward preventing it, and therapists working to cure the effects of violence. For everyone else it would benefit to read this book in preparation so that you never end up at the wrong end of violence.

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    AdminJarhead, Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:45:54 UTC.

    It's a good read. I had to read it for psych in college. It teaches you to listen to that little voice in your head.

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    gerr, Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:08:06 UTC.

    always listen to your little voice that says hey there, wait a minute something's not right with this picture.....yes it will eventually save you some pain....

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    RacheSmith, Mon, 08 Mar 2010 05:19:19 UTC.

    This book is very insightful. It is good to know that fear is a useful tool.

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    gn13, Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:12:45 UTC.

    I'm reading this now in preparation for the academy. So far it is awesome! "On Killing" by Lt. Dave Grossman is next.....

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    Bart3054, Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:26:15 UTC.

    If you want to understand the fear response this is vital. 'Fear is a motivator, it compells you to change your environment'...great stuff

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    jjreid0311, Mon, 10 Jan 2011 02:06:35 UTC.

    This book is easy to read for people in all walks of life. I make every one I care about read this book.

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