I am a huge fan of James LaFond who writes history, historical fiction, and on other topics like combatives, cultural resistance, and case studies of criminal predation and aggression from personal experience living in Baltimore (Bodymore, Murdaland). He has been a great help to me in shoring-up my confidence to handle a rainbow coalition of marijuana traffickers who moved-in two houses down whose landlords are in Shanghai. I wrote to ask James about his work:
You have 16 pages of books on Amazon. I only own 3 of them: The Violence Project, Don’t Get Boned, and When You’re Food.I’d love to know which fall into the category of case studies/after action reports like Don’t Get Boned and When You’re Food. These types of books are extremely valuable for avoidance of violence. Your readers can recall how you handled urban yoof from memory when confronted by similar problems. When you advised me on how to handle those yoof ogling my wife, I wish I’d just read more of these types of books beforehand. These are books about the moral and mental levels of war. As John Boyd and Bill Lind remind us, the moral and mental levels of war are higher than the physical level and are thus more important. Winning on the moral and mental level keeps you out of jail.The Violence Project is about the physical level. THis is the best book I’ve read on this topic, and I’ve read Rory Miller and Marc MacYoung. Which other books are about the physical level: fighting itself? Since this book also contains information about the stick and knife, do your readers also need the books about agonistics, stick fighting, etc? THe modern term for this category is combatives.Which books are about cultural resistance? This is a topic of my blog.What other categories are needed?I don’t have enough room on my shelf for all of them, but the books on the case studies, combatives, and resistance are the most important to me right now.
We have broader categories on the BlogSpot bookstore, so let me try and target the three categories you are looking for.
The hybrid book that falls into all categories is Let the Weak Fall, which is half how to and half what happens.
For cultural resistance I would recommend Alienation Nation from the Harm City Category and everything in the Masculinity Category.
For what I call fractional autonomy information on anarcho-tyranny in Baltimore, that is all of my Harm City stuff beginning with War Drums in 2015.
For empty hand and weapons go with The Punishing Art and Twerps, Goons and Meatshields as a how to fight text.
My three how to fight/combatives books, reference the two how to fight titles and are divided into ring, cage, duel and street segments and are:
-Being a Bad Man in a Worse World
-The Combat Space [in editing process]
-On Combat [my final combatives title headed to the editor next week]
Basically how the library evolved from The Fighting Edge and Logic of Steel [comprising the Violence Project] and the Logic of Force [rolled into Let the Week Fall] was into the Harm City urban journaling category and the how to fight category, with some titles written to link the two back up, such as Let the Weak Fall and being a Bad Man in a Worse World.
For case studies of avoidance I recommend:
-When You’re Food: Raw [if you bought the first edition let me know and I’ll send you the Raw PDF]
-Waking Up In Indian Country
-Thriving in Bad Places
-Autumn in a Dying City [banned]
-Winter in a Dying City [pending]
-Harm City to Chicongo [the final Harm City title, pending editorial process]