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
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
“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
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
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.