When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake (Hardcover)

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This is not a book about self defense. This is a book about how to survive and, best case scenario, stop an assault, a rape, a violent encounter of any kind. Tim Larkin is a security expert. He explains in great detail the angles required to break the various body parts of your attacker but his greatest message , the one that resonated with me, was that the average person must change their mindset about violence. Violence is a tool, according to Larkin; just as decent law abiding people use a hammer or a screwdriver for building something, violence is also a tool used for a certain purpose: to stop your attacker and save your life. Violence in this case is not good or evil. It's simply the right tool for the job. Larkin makes a convincing case that simply pretending that the awful things we see happening to other people on the news only happen to other people is the wrong mindset. When, not if, violence finds you, Larkin wants to make sure you are fully equipped with your greatest & best tool: your own mind.

— Kim


In a civilized society, violence is rarely the answer. But when it is-it's the only answer.

The sound of breaking glass downstairs in the middle of the night.

The words, "Move and you die."

The hands on your child, or the knife to your throat.

In this essential book, self-protection expert and former military intelligence officer Tim Larkin changes the way we think about violence in order to save our lives. By deconstructing our assumptions about violence-its morality, its function in modern society, how it actually works-Larkin unlocks the shackles of our own taboos and arms us with what we need to know to prevent, prepare for, and survive the unthinkable event of life-or-death violence. Through a series of harrowing true-life stories, Larkin demonstrates that violence is a tool equally effective in the hands of the "bad guy" or the "good guy"; that the person who acts first, fastest and with the full force of their body is the one who survives; and that each and every one of us is capable of being that person when our lives are at stake.

An indispensable resource, When Violence is the Answer will remain with you long after you've finished reading, as the bedrock of your self-protection skills and knowledge.

About the Author

Tim Larkin is one of the world's foremost experts on the subject of violence. As a former military intelligence officer, he was part of a beta group that redesigned how Special Operations personnel trained for close combat. Over the course of his 25-year career, through his company Target Focus Training (TFT), he has trained more than 10,000 people in more than 50 countries how to deal with imminent violence, including elite combat units, celebrities and high-status executives, law enforcement agencies, and high-net worth families. Larkin is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book Survive The Unthinkable. He lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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Praise for When Violence is the Answer

"I love books that challenge conventional wisdom. This book makes us confront issues most of us do our best to ignore. Tim Larkin has written a necessary and important book that gives a good hard look at topics - violence, chaos, fighting - that most people don't want to think about. You should read it - and then you should give it out as a gift to the people you care most about because this book could very well save their lives."—Tony Robbins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unshakeable and Money: Master the Game

"Larkin condenses twenty-five years of study and experience into a highly engaging book. Read it, study it, give it to people you love."—Gavin de Becker, bestselling author, The Gift of Fear

"Excellent! In every way-from the opening, to the conclusion, to all the solid lifesaving, life-changing information in between-this book is solid gold."—Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of On Killing and Assassination Generation

"Tim Larkin is one of the most insightful violence and self-defense instructors I've ever known, and When Violence Is The Answer is a distillation and expansion of his quarter century's work in the field. As a thriller writer, I can promise you won't be able to put this book down, and as someone who has taken Tim's courses and used his teachings to make himself and his family safer in the world, I can promise this book will do the same for you."—Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author

"Tim Larkin has lived his life in the dark places that many people don't care to go. He's trained people to survive life and death situations. He's worked with the very tip of the spear of our military, including units whose missions will never see the light of day. That's why he's a perfect guide for the rest of us on how to handle, think about, and respond to violence. This is a brilliant and necessary book, and I can't recommend it strongly enough."—Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire and The War of Art

"A timely survival manual for life in a strange era.... Just the attitude to adopt... Larkin provides some useful nuggets for these fraught times."—Kirkus
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316354646
ISBN-10: 0316354643
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English