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THE GIFT OF FEAR: <span>SURVIVAL SIGNS THAT PROTECT US FROM VIOLENCE</span>

THE GIFT OF FEAR: SURVIVAL SIGNS THAT PROTECT US FROM VIOLENCE

This #1 National Bestseller was on the NY Times Bestseller for seventeen weeks. After 20-years, it remains the world’s biggest-selling book on preventing violence, now published in 19 languages.

"A how-to book that reads like a thriller...provocative...empowering." Boston Globe

"De Becker has a lot to say about crime and the fear of crime, and he says it persuasively...his blend of empathy, reassurance and common sense wows readers." Newsweek

"A thorough and compassionate primer for people concerned about their safety and the safety of their families. This book not only empowers the reader, but also captures your attention and doesn't let go until the end." Meryl Streep, Actress

JUST 2 SECONDS: <span>USING TIME AND DISTANCE TO DEFEAT ASSASSINS</span>

JUST 2 SECONDS: USING TIME AND DISTANCE TO DEFEAT ASSASSINS

By Gavin de Becker, Tom Taylor, Jeff Marquart

The essential guide for protectors of at-risk people, includes a 400-page compendium of attacks and near attacks. JUST 2 SECONDS is used by protectors in 37 countries.

“A profound work of practical scholarship – offers no less than a sure opportunity to interdict horrible violence at its source.” James Ellroy, Bestselling Author of L.A. Confidential & The Black Dahlia

“The definitive reference for protectors, authoritative and thorough, riveting and powerful. Contains wisdom that applies to all warriors.” Col. Dave Grossman, Author of On Combat & On Killing

“Examines the previously inviolate rules of protection, then subjects them to rigorous analysis. Will leave protection professionals reevaluating everything they know or thought they knew.” Vincent O’Neill, Chief Security Operations International Monetary Fund

“The gold standard for protectors – fascinating and important.” Michael Carrington, United States Marshal (1994 – 2002)

“A masterful work.” Patricia Cornwell, Bestselling Author of “Kay Scarpetta” series

PROTECTING THE GIFT: <span>KEEPING CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS SAFE (AND PARENTS SANE)</span>

PROTECTING THE GIFT: KEEPING CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS SAFE (AND PARENTS SANE)

The #1 parenting bestseller of 1999.

“In Protecting the Gift de Becker writes eloquently and compassionately about the real dangers facing children. De Becker delivers his message not only through emotionally resonant real life stories (by far the most compelling are from his own childhood) but also through a distillation of the teachings of major criminal justice and psychological researchers. He has achieved what the academics have not been able to effectively do - make the research understandable and useful to the average person.” Paul Mones, Children’s Rights Attorney, Author of When a Child Kills

“A rare opportunity to converse with a master observer of the human condition. Protecting the Gift is the antidote for every parent’s worst nightmare.” Dr. John Monahan, Professor of Psychology and Law, UVA, Author of Predicting Violent Behavior

Protecting the Gift is dynamic, inspiring and practical. It’s also an entertaining and gripping read. What a combination of qualities! After reading it, you will be changed, and your children’s lives will be safer. This is a must read for every parent or anyone who cares for kids.” Ellen Snortland, Author of Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls

FEAR LESS: <span>REAL TRUTH ABOUT RISK, SAFETY, AND SECURITY IN A TIME OF TERRORISM</span>

FEAR LESS: REAL TRUTH ABOUT RISK, SAFETY, AND SECURITY IN A TIME OF TERRORISM

Written immediately after 9 – 11, Gavin de Becker offers specific recommendations that can enhance our national security and our individual safety – and help put fear in perspective.

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Articles by Gavin

Media Fear Tactics

It would be interesting if the standards of Truth in Advertising were applied to television news as they sometimes are to television commercials.

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Apocalypse Not Now

“What’s the bottom line?” people often ask me. “Will terrorists detonate a nuclear bomb? Spread smallpox? Release nerve gas? What’s the worst case scenario?”

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GDBA BLOG


Then and Now: Comparing FBI Active Shooter Stats

From 2011 to 2014, the rate of mass shootings in America tripled. By the end of 2017, things are even worse — much worse. The FBI’s recently published report on Active Shooter Incidents in the U.S. during 2016 and 2017 illuminates these grim results: Of the five deadliest shootings in American history, three occurred between 2016 and …

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Three Questions to Ask before Hiring Estate Security

On Monday according to this media report, a scantily clad woman distracted a security guard protecting a Beverly Hills mansion long enough for armed men to attack the guard; zip tie him, grab his gate remote, and rob the home he was trusted to protect. The report lacked many details, including why the guard was …

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