Jeff Cooper’s (very) short book, Principles Of Personal Defense, is perhaps the single greatest reference for those trying to determine if they have – or are looking to develop – those characteristics necessary to defend themselves and their loved ones.
Considered the Father of Modern Technique, Cooper draws upon his many years of personal defense shooting skills to present his discourse in a way that the average citizen understand, embrace, and incorporate into their own day to day lives.
In Principles Of Personal Defense, Cooper determines that the most important factor in deciding whether you live or die in a violent confrontation is neither your weapon or your skills, but rather, your Combat Mindset. Working together to create this Combat Mindset are the individual’s alertness, decisiveness, aggressiveness, speed, coolness, ruthlessness, and surprise.
Cooper presents the book in chapters focusing on each of the Combat Mindset attributes and goes into brief, yet thorough, detail explaining how developing (or not developing) these attributes can be the difference between life and death.
Principles Of Personal Defense is more of a pamphlet than a book. And the publisher stretches the presentation by increasing the margins and adding pictures at the beginning of each chapter. In spite of the brevity of the book and the obvious attempt to make it seem bigger than it really is, it is by no means light in substance.
If you are someone who wants to be certain of your ability to act in a time of crisis and protect yourself or your family if need be, Principles Of Personal Defense deserves a place not on your bookshelf, but in your pocket. Or some other handy place where you can read it once a week, placing yourself in that Combat Mindset and preparing yourself for any violent confrontation.
I actually recommend reading it all the way through once. It might take 2 hours if you’re a slow reader. After that, I recommend reading each chapter every day for a week and focusing on implanting Cooper’s ideas into your psyche. I can almost gaurantee that you will notice a profound change in your Combat Mindset.
Some might see the list price of $15 for Principles Of Personal Defense as a bit excessive. At the writing of this review it’s available for around $10 at Amazon.com. But I can assure you that even if you did spend $15 on it, it could very well be the best $15 you’ll ever spend on a book… especially if you ever need to defend yourself or your loved ones.