Fighting Back!

Not at their mercy coverNot At Their Mercy

I am not really sure where to begin. Is it the white pumps? (I think my grandmother had a pair of those exact shoes in the early 1970s.) The ridiculous subtitle? (unconscionable? as opposed to the predators with a moral code?), the author note on the back cover? I can’t believe it was written in 2000. This book looks and feels thirty years older.

So, enjoy this book. I will be busy shopping for a new hammer for my purse.


self defence back cover

sefl defence from a kneeling position

using a weapon on the leg

using tools to poke in the nose

sexual assault



  1. Let me know if you find a hammer that will fit into a medium sized handbag. Preferably in a bright color. And some vice grips while you’re at it. BTW, I thought for sure this book was from the 80s!

    Sadly, the addendum on reducing shooting victims is quite relevant.

  2. What’s with the hotel advice items #6, 8 and 9? Not very helpful. If he couldn’t print the whole list he should have left these off. Very odd.

    Also, I am confident that many attackers will be willing to stand there patiently while you affix vise-grip pliers to their noses. Not.

  3. The addendum suggests this might be an “updated” edition, maybe?

    And I have a short-handled hammer that would fit in a purse, got it mostly to remove nails from inside a built-in shelving unit on my wall. The claw peen would tend to mess with anything else inside the purse, though.

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