“A profound work of practical scholarship — offers no less than a sure opportunity to interdict horrible violence at its source.”
James Ellroy, Bestselling Author L.A. Confidential & The Black Dahlia
“The gold standard for protectors — fascinating and important.”
Michael Carrington, United States Marshal (1994 – 2002)
“The definitive reference for protectors, authoritative and thorough, riveting and powerful.”
Col Dave Grossman, Author On Combat & On Killing
“An absolute must-read book for anyone charged with protecting the lives of others.”
Bill Mattman, U.S. Secret Service (1967 – 1980)
“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
U.S. Secret Service (1983 – 2003)
“A masterful work.”
Patricia Cornwell, Bestselling Author ‘Kay Scarpetta’ series
The essential guide for protectors of at-risk people
Think of every assassination you've ever heard about. For most people, a few of these major ones come to mind: Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Anwar Sadat, John Lennon, Israel’s Prime Minister Rabin, Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto.
From start to finish, all of these attacks — combined — took place in less than one minute. And the hundreds of attacks studied for this book, all of them combined, took place in less than a half-hour. Those thirty minutes, surely the most influential in world history, offer important insights that can help today’s protectors defeat tomorrow’s attackers.
This 650-Page Book Contains:
- An original work of new insights arising from ten years of research.
- The Five Essential Lessons for protectors.
- The Compendium: 400 pages of summarized attacks, near attacks, and incidents against at-risk persons all over the world from 1960 – 2007, more than 1400 entries.
- Appendices: More than 100 pages of additional material and resources.
Co-Author Gavin de Becker
Mr. de Becker is the founder of a 200-person firm that provides consultation, protective services, and logistical support to many of the world’s most prominent figures in media, politics, and culture. A two-time Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Justice, he is currently a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Policy. Mr. de Becker designed the MOSAIC systems used to screen threats to Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, CIA officials, Members of Congress, and the Governors of twelve states. He has appeared many times on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, the Today Show, 60 Minutes, and in TIME and Newsweek. His bestselling books on violence are published in 14 languages.