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I am really glad that I listened to this book. Hanson offers simple, step by step insight into personal safety, awareness and preparedness. These are teachings that you can use immediately and will change the way to function on a day to day basis.
Several years ago my husband and I had an experience in a city parking lot which could have been deadly. I was driving the car and had backed into a parking space. I had put the car into drive as I was going to pull forward and reposition it in the spot. On driving into the lot I saw a person crouching down between two parked cars. Immediately a different person, a large man wearing a bulky jacket unbuttoned at the top approached our car on the passenger side. My husband lowered the window. The man explained that he had just been released from the local prison and that we were "going to solve all his problems today by giving him all our money". We usually don't carry much cash. My husband explained this. Instantly I noticed the man gesture and the crouching person stood up. The man at the window reached into his jacket and I saw the beginning of a metal object in his hand. A gun. This all happened so quickly--just a flash--but I could picture my husband being shot in this parking lot. Suddenly I noticed that the car was still in drive and my foot was on the brake pedal. So I took my foot off the break and floored the gas racing out of the lot and onto the street and drove away as fast as I could go. The two people chased the car. My husband was horrified by my action. When I occasionally tell this story people tell me that my behavior was reckless----even dangerous. I have often wondered about this and questioned my automatic reaction.
Now that I have listened to this book I know for a fact that I did the right thing. First I had situational awareness--I had seen the second person, second I got "off the X"--meaning I moved, third I did what was not expected, and last I was not impacted by the normalcy bias. These concepts are all clearly and simply explained in the book. Plus these ideas only scratch the surface of what this ex-CIA officer has to offer.
I think this is a book that everyone needs to hear. Yes, it is scary to think of all the possible dangers that exist these days--but I would rather have this knowledge than not. An excellent, sensible and insightful guide. Really worth the time spent listening. Pretty amazing.
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