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The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies
by Dr. John R Lott, Jr.

When it comes to the gun control debate, there are two kinds of data: data that’s accurate, and data that left-wing billionaires, politicians, and media want you to believe is accurate. In The War on Guns, economist and gun rights advocate John Lott turns a skeptical eye to well-funded anti-gun studies and stories that perpetuate false statistics to frighten Americans into giving up their guns.

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See also Dr. Lott’s preeminent Crime Prevention Research Center, THE go-to source for the truth on “gun violence.”

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Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense
by Massad Ayoob

In a long-awaited update of the world’s most authoritative work on the subject, Massad Ayoob draws from an additional three decades of experience to educate responsible firearms owners about the legal, ethical, and practical use of firearms in self defense-the armed citizens’ rules of engagement.
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Meditations of a Modern Warrior, Volumes I & II
by Paul Higgins

Reviewed by Andrew here. In today’s often violent world, accepting the warrior path as a way of life is not the prerogative of the modern soldier. We now have warriors in every walk of life, civilian warriors, law enforcement warriors, executive protection warriors, and of course, military warriors. This first volume gives insight into how being a modern warrior impacts our everyday life, how we live through physical and mental conditioning, awareness of personal, mobile, and home security for example. The chapters not only supply the reader with information but require the reader to continually question themselves as they journey along the warrior path.
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Principles Of Personal Defense
By Jeff Cooper

Cooper’s classic Principles of Personal Defense presents his timeless theory of individual defensive behavior clearly, concisely and practically. All free people who aspire to stay that way should read, study and share the wisdom found within these pages. Considered by many to be one of the greatest books on combat mindset and proper defensive mental conditioning ever written, it deserves a place of honor in every library.
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Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller
by Burke Davis

From commanding the Horse Marines in Peking to leading the Inchon landing, Puller became a legend in his own time. Now, Davis offers a no-holds-barred biography of this courageous hero–the only marine in history ever to win five Navy Crosses.
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In the Gravest Extreme
By Massad F. Ayoob

Those who believe that the private citizen should not be permitted to possess defensive firearms rely heavily on anecdotes of murder for shock effect.  Carl Bakal’s “No Right to Bear arms” is a case in point. Yet almost every incident Bakal depicts can be oppositely argued.  Their opinion that each atrocity could have been averted if the assailants was prevented from having guns could also have been prevented or mitigated had the intended victims been armed and able to fight back against their murderers. This book speaks to those who have already made the decision to carry, and endeavors to advise them in the legal, ethical, and practical use of the deadly weapons they already own.
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The Winter Soldiers
by Richard M. Ketchum

In the fall of 1776 the British delivered a crushing blow. New York fell and the anguished retreat through New Jersey followed. Winter came with a vengeance, bringing what Thomas Paine called “the times that try men’s souls.”

 

The Winter Soldiers is the story of a small band of men held together by George Washington in the face of disaster and hopelessness, desperately needing at least one victory to salvage both cause and country. It is a tale of unimaginable hardship and suffering that culminated in the battles of Trenton and Princeton. Without these triumphs, the rebellion that had begun so bravely could not have gone on.
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1776
by David McCullough

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.
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The Lion’s Gate
by Steven Pressfield

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans of the war—fighter and helicopter pilots, tank commanders and Recon soldiers, paratroopers, as well as women soldiers, wives, and others—bestselling author Steven Pressfield tells the story of the Six Day War as you’ve never experienced it before: in the voices of the young men and women who battled not only for their lives but for the survival of a Jewish state, and for the dreams of their ancestors.By turns inspiring, thrilling, and heartbreaking, The Lion’s Gate is both a true tale of military courage under fire and a journey into the heart of what it means to fight for one’s people.
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Denied a Chance
by Nicole Goeser

For Nikki Goeser it was a day like any other … with one exception. Her husband, Ben, had only 16 hours to live. On that fateful day in Tennessee, the man she loved would be murdered by a beast who was stalking her. In compliance with state law Nikki had left her legal firearm locked in the car. With the help of legislatively created pistol free zones, one evil man gunned down Nikki’s husband as she was forced to look on, alone, defenseless and disarmed by an ill-conceived law designed to save her. Read this inspiring story of courage through remorse, as one woman struggles to seek justice for the man she loves. Follow Nikki Goeser as she fights to ensure that others are never held victim to the same terrible fate.
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‘If I had a Son’: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman
by Jack Cashill

His friends called George Zimmerman Tugboat, the one who always came to the rescue. An Hispanic-American civil rights activist, he helped a black homeless man find justice. He helped guide two black teens through life. He helped a terrified mother secure her house. He helped his wary neighbors secure their community…
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More Guns, Less Crime
by John R. Lott, Jr.

A compelling book with enough hard evidence that even politicians may have to stop and pay attention, More Guns, Less Crime is an exhaustive analysis of the effect of gun possession on crime rates. It is a factual arsenal that is helping to redefine the argument over guns and gun control.
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The Gift of Fear
By Gavin de Becker

True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.
A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.
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 offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.
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In the Gravest Extreme
By Massad F. Ayoob

Those who believe that the private citizen should not be permitted to possess defensive firearms rely heavily on anecdotes of murder for shock effect.  Carl Bakal’s “No Right to Bear arms” is a case in point. Yet almost every incident Bakal depicts can be oppositely argued.  Their opinion that each atrocity could have been averted if the assailants was prevented from having guns could also have been prevented or mitigated had the intended victims been armed and able to fight back against their murderers. This book speaks to those who have already made the decision to carry, and endeavors to advise them in the legal, ethical, and practical use of the deadly weapons they already own.
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The Constitution
The Constitution: An Introduction
Michael Stokes Paulsen & Luke Paulsen

The Constitution: An Introduction is the definitive modern primer on the US Constitution. Michael Stokes Paulsen, one of the nation’s most provocative and accomplished scholars of the Constitution, and his son Luke Paulsen, a gifted young writer and lay scholar, have combined to write a lively introduction to the supreme law of the United States, covering the Constitution’s history and meaning in clear, accessible terms.
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Self-defense Laws of all 50 States
Self-Defense Laws of All 50 States (2nd Ed.)

By Mitch Vilos and Evan Vilos

Attorney Mitch Vilos, whose practice focuses on weapons cases, has discovered that the most serious and costly mistakes gun owners make result from a misunderstanding of the law of self-defense in their home states. The offenders include some of the nation’s most intelligent, well-educated and well-trained individuals including accountants, pharmacists, business owners, police, gun-store owners and concealed weapon instructors.
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Rory Miller Meditations on Violence

Meditations on Violence
By Sergeant Rory Miller

This is really great stuff, very highly recommended. From the Amazon.com description:
“Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence.Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial artists have about what they will ultimately learn in their dojo. This is then compared with the complexity of the reality of violence. Complexity is one of the recurring themes throughout this work.”
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Facing Violence

Facing Violence
By Sergeant Rory Miller

From the Amazon.com description:
“Seven Steps to Legal, Emotional and Physical Preparation
This book stands alone as an introduction to the context of self-defense. There are seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching ‘complete.’ Any training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable.”
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On Killing

On Killing

By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

From the Amazon.com description:

“The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.

Upon its initial publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects soldiers, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent trends in crime, suicide bombings, school shootings, and more. The result is a work certain to be relevant and important for decades to come.”

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Reasonable, Justified Necessary
Reasonable, Justified & Necessary
by Dan Bernoulli

An informative, intellectual, yet entertaining exploration of the professional, physical, and psychological complexities of deadly force. This is a one-of-a-kind work by an author with exceptional experience in both the practical and theoretical use of deadly force, and he is known to me personally.  He’s been there, done that, then studied it and reduced it to an easily accessible book that makes his invaluable expertise available to both the law enforcement officer and the armed citizen.  If you’re a serious student of the dynamics of the use of deadly force in defense of innocent life, your bookshelf is not complete until this book is resting on it. — Andrew
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Dry-Fire Training: For the Practical Pistol Shooter

By Ben Stoeger

“Dry-Fire Training – For the Practical Pistol Shooter” is an at home training manual designed to complement the live-fire manual “Skills and Drills.” This manual gives you a comprehensive set of drills to take your skills to the next level. The drills and associated goal times are tailored for people looking to be pushed to get better. This book has extensive drill commentary, where specific information on the focal points and goals of each individual drill are explained in detail. There is enough information here so you have the ability to act as your own coach. This book is self-contained, but it works best if you are using it in conjunction with “Skills and Drills” or have already taken a class with Ben. This book contains: -A brand new set of “Learning Drills” designed to get your gun handling up to speed -A set of field course focused drills -Extensive drill commentary -Tips on danger areas to watch out for -and much more!
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Get to Work: The Practice of More Points Per Second

by Steve Anderson

Get to Work is the third book from Steve Anderson, best known as the author of Refinement and Repetition: Dry Fire Drills for Dramatic Improvement. Get to Work’s 200 pages contain 36 chapters and 30 new drills designed to help shooters enjoy better match performance. This book is written for the serious competition shooter who wants to improve every aspect of their technical and mental skills. Also featured is an interview from Champion shooter Max Michel about the ONE thing he did to go from being “Just a GM” to a contender for a national title.
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The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition
by Andrew Branca

Let’s face it, the world isn’t always nice. That’s why you take steps to protect yourself and your family. Whether it be that shotgun in the corner, the sidearm on your hip, or the pepper spray you gave your daughter, you meet that fundamental responsibility. But if you’re like most people, your preparations still lack a critical element.

 

You still need to know how to survive the critical fight that looms after any defensive encounter: the legal battle. The Law of Self Defense provides precisely that critical, missing knowledge. This book includes not just the laws of all fifty states, but how the courts apply those laws. It’s a plain-talk analysis that makes the law easy to understand, not just lawyers.

 

Learn how to make fast, effective decisions and confidently handle life-and-death situations both tactically and legally.
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