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  • By tostka
    Aug 10, 2011
    I bought the book a few days ago and just finished it last night. It was informative, and often humorous. And a pretty quick read. I don't come from the "carry community"; I don't have any experience in the history of carry in the cities. But I enjoyed the book. It's clear that Joel had firm opinions and preferences. And he wasn't shy about stating them clearly. I never met the man, and I take some of the "opinion" material with a grain of salt. But I definitely found the book a good read. Very worth the price. Especially in coverage of up-to-date and specifically _local_ information for the Twin Cities area. It really brings a book like this home, when you can recall the headlines about some of the anecdotes that he relates, and you can recall that they happened only a matter of miles from your home. Heh, speaking of footnotes - they're a useful and often entertaining part of the book. It's unfortunate that they're segregated in the middle section, before the... More > lengthy legal Appendices. I routinely spent my time with one finger in the Notes section, to facilitate flipping back and forth for reference. :D< Less
  • By Zalman Cohen
    Apr 2, 2011
    I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Joel Rosenberg at Burnsville Pistol Range last weekend, where he was training some of his students, and was still reading the "lobby copy" of The Book when they closed the range at the end of the day and (politely) kicked me out. The first 187 pages are terrific, and I can't wait to read the rest!
  • By Robert
    Apr 1, 2011
    I've been reading Joel's fiction and nonfiction since I was a kid. This book is great, although I do want to know a LOT more about the scandal around Joe "F4GIB" Olson and his butt-buddies and cabana boys.
  • By joel Rosenberg
    Apr 1, 2011
    This isn't a book about guns. It is a book about civil rights, and now to exercise them and think about them. As an aside: I don't consider Andrew Rothman as one of the "Coconut Charlie" instructors. In fact, I think he's pretty good; until recently, he was on the very short list of folks I'd send a member of my family or a friend to. ETA: as it turns out, there are very few MADFI instructors that I know enough about to say anything, one way or another. I've had more than one of them in my classes (I can't mention names without violating confidentiality, and I won't), and I think and hope I taught them a fair amount. I've already written here, see above, about Andrew; although his recent behavior had saddened me beyond words, I think he probably still does an okay carry class, even though he obviously misses the point about the whole "rights" thing. Of the rest of the MADFI crowd, I really know enough only about Michael Elias, Derek Boykin (who is new, but whip... More > smart, and works his ass off), John Pierce, Rick Rudd, Bob Amey, and Tom Steele to recommend at all, and, of those, I've never seen most of them teach a carry course. Tom was my NRA Training Counselor, though, and that's close enough; he's awfully good as a teacher. That said, I've seen Benny and China work with their students, a little, and not only are they good teachers, but Benny's an amazing shooter (the two are not the same thing; he can do both). Of those I mention positively in the book, I have seen them teach, at least some, but I can't claim objectivity — all are friends of mine, and Don Larson quite literally saved my life. I hope I'd have the integrity to say he sucked as an instructor if I thought he did, but I'd feel very uncomfortable saying that (again: he friggin' saved my life) even if I thought it was the case. I don't; Don's very good, and is one of the two people (Sue being the other one) that I constantly send folks to for shooting lessons, as they're better at teaching that than I am (although I think I'm pretty good, honest) and they charge less. As to Roger and Sue, I know my classes have improved because of my discussions with them and Sue's husband, Bob; I stole the "you have now used your own personal nuclear bomb, and your life will never be the same" bit from Sue (with, I should probably add, her blessing and permission). And, that said, if I had to bet — I don't — I'd bet that Terrence, Denny, Chuck are also good, and that Bryan either is, or will be. Does that clear that up?< Less
  • By David Jacobsen
    Mar 29, 2011
    Terrific book. It's worth noting how few instructors Joel names as good ones: Larson, Horvick, and the two folks from Burnsville Pistol Range. That's it. Larson and Roger and Sue are some of his most successful competitors, but he still gives them props, as you'd expect Joel would. What's interesting are the instructors that he doesn't name: no praise for Rothman or ANY of the other MADFI instructors. See Of more than fifty instructors in Joel's certifying organization, not one is mentioned positively in the book. Rothman is mentioned, but only as the head of MADFI and VP of GOCRA. Joel, I know you know how to say nice things about other instructors, because I've heard you do that in class. Are there NO MADFI instructors who are better than the "Coconut Charlie" types?
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First Edition
Ellegon, Inc.
March 14, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.4 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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