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The Gift of Fear


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'De Becker has a lot to say about crime and fear of crime, and he says it persuasively in THE GIFT OF FEAR. His blend of empathy, reassurance and common sense wows readers, just like it wowed the audience on Oprah' NEWSWEEK 'A modern-day survival manual for everyone in our society...This book contains wisdom that transcends traditional approaches to violence' Robert Ressler, FBI Behavioural Scientist '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

About the Author

Gavin de Becker is internationally regarded as a leading expert on the prediction and management of violence. In 1985, de Becker received a special award from the US Attorney General and the director of the FBI in recognition of his work in threat assessment. He is also the author of more than forty articles and white papers, co-author of CONFIDENTIAL REPORT TO MANAGEMENT: UNDERSTANDING AND PREVENTING WORKPLACE VIOLENCE and the contributing-author of STALKED.


The CEO of a security firm on how to keep safe in these troubled times.

"Remember that the vast majority of violent people started as you did, felt what you felt, wanted what you wanted," admonishes the author. "The difference is in the lessons they learned." De Becker, founder of his self-named company that designed a system used to screen threats aimed at public figures, grew up in a volatile household in which, at one time, he witnessed his mother, a victim of repeated beatings, shoot at and nearly kill her husband. Here he writes how he learned to sense and move away from dangerous situations. According to him, it is possible to develop survival skills based on intuition that can protect us from people unable to control their violent instincts. De Becker argues that the tendency of TV news programs to air stories of unusual disasters as immediate dangers interferes with our ability to discriminate between real and manufactured fear. A practical if pedestrian guide to enhancing the safety of yourself and your loved ones. (June)

"A how-to book that reads like a thriller...provocative...empowering.""--The 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"
"Chilling and fascinating."--Jeffrey Toobin, author of "The Nine"

"From the Paperback edition."

" A how-to book that reads like a thriller...provocative...empowering."
--"The 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."
" Important and provocative."
--Linda A. Fairstein, sex crimes prosecutor and author
" Chilling and fascinating."
--Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson

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