This new book is a greatly expanded and updated version of In the Gravest Extreme. You can read our review of it here. In many ways, this book shaped the current concealed carry landscape. Since it was first published in , many things have changed in the United States with regards to self-defense and concealed carry. Perhaps most importantly, firearms training as it relates to personal protection is widely available.
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Be the first to ask a question about In the Gravest Extreme. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Jul 02, Reepacheep rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Gunowners or anyone considering a firearm for self defense. Recommended to Reepacheep by: Kathy Jackson www. I know people personally who have taken classes from Massad F. I also found his name mentioned in a recommended reading list on Kathy Jackson's website, "Cornered Cat".
I read this book straight through. It is very readable and very practical. Written almost thirty years ago, I can't help but wonder if some of the specifics gun and ammo recommendations, certain legal issues are out-dated.
Even so, this is a minor concern and it is certainly worth reading and puts a clear light on many im I know people personally who have taken classes from Massad F.
Even so, this is a minor concern and it is certainly worth reading and puts a clear light on many important aspects of using a firearm for self-defense.
Perhaps the only more terrifying prospect is that such a fate should befall us or our loved ones. This is why we, a representative cross-section of America's population, keep deadly weapons for personal defense. Dec 14, Todd Coburn rated it it was amazing Shelves: misc.
This is a great little book for those contemplaring carrying a firearm for personal protection. The author is clearly an expert, and is wise in the way the content is presented. Aug 26, Randol Hooper rated it liked it. The taking of one citizen's life by another is an unnatural act, justified only as a last desperate escape from grave criminal danger" sums up the philosophy of this excellent primer on self-defense. Books like this are desperately needed now more than ever in light of the how easily half truths and outright false information can be spread and perpetuated.
The fact that concealed carry is more popular than ever only increases the need for an easily digestible treatise on self defense laws for " The fact that concealed carry is more popular than ever only increases the need for an easily digestible treatise on self defense laws for the lay audience written by someone with great knowledge and experience in the subject. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who considers keeping firearms for personal protection, either in their home or on their person.
However in recommending this book I must issue several caveats. The first is that the book is, as many other reviewers have mentioned, outdated. The sections on technical equipment are over 30 years old.
Since then lightweight, reliable polymer framed pistols have spread like wildfire throughout the public and the law enforcement community. New cartridges have been developed that aren't even mentioned in the book. Weaponlights are now commonplace. Secondly, this is a general treatise based on a survey of the law as it was 30 years ago. The law has changed, and multiple court decisions have changed the legal landscape of personal defense.
Despite these caveats much of this book still holds true. The duty to train and become familiar with one's firearm is as great now as it ever was. The advice on how to maintain one's home or on how to instruct one's children to behave around guns is still valid. In general terms, much of the book still holds true. As this is meant to be a general primer on self defense law I do not fault the book for considering state to state variations in homicide statutes.
However, the fact that it is a general primer and not an exhaustive reference must be stressed; there are going to be variations in the law from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
The core philosophy of "In the Gravest Extreme" is that the use of lethal force by the public is justifiable only "when undertaken to escape imminent and unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm [to the innocent]", a philosophy is deeply grounded in US law.
I like this book, it's readable and authoritative. It's very straightforward and simple to understand. I still recommend it even with all of it's problems simply because there is not another book out there, to my knowledge at least, that is comparable.
Mar 23, Edward Hill rated it really liked it. Mas Ayoob is well known in law enforcement, in pistol competition and as a self defense writer and trainer. He has also testified for many years as an expert witness in self defense cases.
This book is a short and concise summary of the legal, practical and mental preparation you should undertake if you plan to study the ways of self-defense. Even though the book is 30 years old and needs to be updated somewhat, it still shares enough useful wisdom to be worth reading. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim. Jul 18, Carol rated it it was amazing.
If you own a firearm, or are thinking of owning a firearm, this is an essential read. A must-read for all who have to ponder whether or not they want to own firearms. I was on the fence, and this absolutely was the one thing that pushed me to my decision. There is nothing biased here, and no agenda in the writing.
The author clearly points out facts, discusses issues, and offers things to think about in deciding whether or not to own a firearm. This book really made me think. Feb 17, David rated it really liked it. This books has earned its status as a classic.
Ayoob is brutally honest about both himself the realities of his subject. Some of the information is a little out-of-date, but that's to be forgiven. The principles are solid and timeless. Jul 11, Neil Blankenship rated it really liked it. An excellent book.
The author covers the source material in straight forward and engaging manner. My one problem with the book is that it seems to present females as a lesser sex incapable of handling a firearm. Dec 25, Cameron rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. A conscientious gun owner should already know most of the wisdom in this book.
It would be good for folks new to ownership. Chapters 13 and 14 should be skipped - they have a lot of dated, false information about ballistics and firearms. Jul 01, Vincent Sargenti rated it it was amazing. Think again! Then think about it harder!! This book will put you in a reality check about what it is to carry concealed and have to defend your own life.
Aug 15, Caroline Walker rated it it was amazing. A must read for anyone!! Especially if you have a gun or CWP. Just read it because it could save you financially and legally.
Jan 15, Bill Zawrotny rated it really liked it.
In The Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob
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Although the book is now out of print, the tome still holds many valuable lessons. Ayoob wrote this book as an introduction to the defensive use of firearms way back in Ayoob discusses the legal implications and practical aspects of owning and using a firearm for self defense. While the book is old, the concepts he talked about then, still hold true today. The book was written to a broad general audience, not specifically to police officers.