Book Review: Cooper’s “Principles Of Personal Defense”



Today’s post will be a review of Jeff Cooper’s little book Principles of Personal Defense. It has been perhaps a decade since I read this little book, so I recently reread it. I used to read a great deal of literature on small arms and self-defense, but had slacked off of that the last few years on account of the time I spent on other studies.

My copy of Principles of Personal Defense was published by Paladin Press in 1989 and is only 44 pages, basically a booklet. I have the red cover 2nd edition with a photo of the Colonel with a 1911 on the front, though I see that there is a newer Paladin edition with a blue cover and a new forward.

Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) was a Marine officer during WWII and Korea, accomplished big game hunter, author, nationally known gun writer, founder of the Gunsite center in Arizona, founder of the I.P.S.C., and the founding force behind the mid-20th century practical (combat) pistol shooting movement.

One of my favorite quotes from this book is the following: “Violent crime is only feasible if its victims are cowards. A victim who fights back makes the whole business impractical”. Think about that. A criminal wants to take your property or harm you, not get harmed himself. If he wished to fight, he would take up boxing or MMA. He wishes to find a weak target that offers no resistance to his predation. When good people are confronted with physical attack, they should RESIST.

This book is the print version of a presentation of core principles of personal security that Cooper developed while doing defensive consulting work in Central America about half a centruy ago, before the communist takeovers there. This book is not a how to manual or a tactic book. This book is about the core mental and physical principles that guide one regardless of their particular situation or armament.

I will not go over all seven of the principles taught by Cooper in this work, but I will state that the first, and perhaps most important, is that of Alertness. As Imperial America slides toward political, economic, and racial strife –the information in this little book will be needed by good people. Keep your head up!

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.


Author: Joe Putnam

I am a Christian (Reformed/Sovereign Grace Baptist type), white American of Western European bloodline, advocate of an agrarian social order, Kinist, White Nationalist, admirer of America’s Founding Fathers and the Boys in Gray, homesteader, indie published author, and amateur historian. I have indie published several books, all of which are available from Amazon. I am a life long resident of rural Orange County, IN –in the part of the Upper South that many would term Greater Appalachia or the Dixie Frontier. In addition to my own blog "Putnam Liberty Notes", from May through July of 2017 I dual published many of my posts at the popular multi-author Alt-South blog Identity Dixie. In addition to my blog writings, I am currently gearing up for (at least) two more book projects –one theological and one historical. The theological one will cover the three interpretational views of Daniel’s 70th Week. I hope to have this book in print in late summer 2017. (Hint: I am, not a Dispensational Futurist). The historical book will be a biography of George Rogers Clark (1752-1818). Clark was a noted Virginia militia officer who’s campaigns, including his successful siege of Vincennes, basically took the Old Northwest from Britain during the American Revolution. Clark spent the rest of his life around the river that separates Clarksville, IN from Louisville, Kentucky. I hope to have my Clark bio in print in early 2018.

1 thought on “Book Review: Cooper’s “Principles Of Personal Defense””

  1. Thanks for this information, Joe!
    Alertness starts by never going where dirtbags
    will be present, if at all possible. Stay out of big
    cities and be very careful if you are out on the highway
    with the illegal aliens who are driving drunk.


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