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Disaster by Choice

Disaster by Choice: How our Actions Turn Natural Hazards into Catastrophes© 2020 Ilan Kelman180 pages What makes a natural event — rising waters, a hurricane, a sudden slip of tectonic plates — a disaster? Human suffering — and Illan Kelman … Continue reading

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Scams, beer, and the Constitution

This past week I’ve read a few books which haven’t gotten full reviews, but I wanted to mention them anyway:. Scam Me if You Can, Frank Abanagle Jr. If that name sounds familiar to you, Abnagle’s youthful feats in fraud … Continue reading

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How to Survive Aggressive People

Surviving Aggressive People: Practical Violence Prevention Skills for the Workplace and the Street © 2014 Shawn Smith 268 pages Most of us have encountered aggressive people in our lives, and if we work with the public we probably do so … Continue reading

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How To Be Your Own Bodyguard

How To Be Your Own Bodyguard: Self defense for men and women from a lifetime of protecting clients in hostile environment © 2011 Nick Hughes 326 pages What can you do to protect yourself in the event of a natural … Continue reading

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Within Arm’s Reach

Within Arm’s Length: The Extraordinary Life and Career of a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service© 2014, 2018 Dan Emmett320 pages Dan Emmett was a kid when he witnessed President Kennedy’s assassination on television, but instead of being … Continue reading

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Inside the mind of a thief

This is a related video for A Burglar’s Guide to the City. It’s an interview between a Plano City police officer and a three-time offender (Michael Durden) about his experience breaking into homes.  According to the interview,  Duren was a ‘thief’ … Continue reading

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The Art of Invisibility

The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data© 2017 Kevin Mitnick320 pages So, you want to be invisible online? Great. All you’ll need is three … Continue reading

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A Burglar’s Guide to the City

A Burglar’s Guide to the City© 2016 Geoff Manaugh304 pages There’s really no resisting a title like that, is there?  Mind, it’s not accurate;  this isn’t a guide to how burglars read architecture, a catalog of vulnerabilities that homeowners and … Continue reading

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The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security© 2005 Kevin Mitnick352 pages The Art of Deception is interesting at first, but very repetitive. Mitnick, who claims his career as a hacker was passed solely on manipulating people to gain … Continue reading

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Crime, private and public sector

Let’s start the week off with two birds and one stone!     Earlier in the week I was finally able to get access to No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald, on his encounter with Edward Snowden and the … Continue reading

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