A list of books authored by ISDA members.
Advance by David Johnson
Conducting an advance is the most important function performed by the protective services agent. Done properly, the advance will, in effect, render the role of the protection agent to that of accompanying the principal.
Advance Agent Planning Guide by Duke Speed
Written for security force professionals by a recognized expert, this is a must read for security personnel responsible for planning foreign or domestic travel and events requiring protection services.
Just 2 Seconds coauthored by Tom Talyor
Think of every assassination you’ve ever heard about. For most people, a few of these major ones come to mind: Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Anwar Sadat, John Lennon, Israel’s Prime Minister Rabin, Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto. From start to finish, all of these attacks combined took place in less than one minute. And the hundreds of attacks studied for this book, all of them combined, took place in less than a half-hour. Those thirty minutes, surely the most influential in world history, offer important insights that can help today’s protectors defeat tomorrow’s attackers.
Principal Protection; Lessons Learned – The Evolution of Protective Operations by Rick Colliver
Protection, like any other process, is evolutionary. And we should agree that a large part of any evolutionary process is failure, which is another way of saying “learning through our mistakes.” As the title suggests, this book is about the lessons learned through several thousand years of trial-and-error, creating and adopting best-practices, striving to provide protection for persons of public interest and others at risk.
Professional Driving Techniques by Tony Scotti
Whether you drive for a living or live to drive, or drive just to get yourself around, safe driving means being aware of situations that cause accidents or injuries and knowing what you can do to avoid or prevent them. This book walks you step by step through the intricacies of the Driving System – the Driver, the Vehicle and the Driving Environment. You’ll learn how to maintain your vehicle-and it’s driver-in optimum condition for taking to the road, and how to maintain vehicle control in both everyday and emergency situations – in a variety of road and weather conditions.
Executive Protection Specialist Handbook coauthored by Jerry Glazebrook
The original just got much better! The Second Edition of the EXECUTIVE PROTECTION SPECIALIST HANDBOOK is a major revision and update of the original, first published in 1994. The Second Edition is not a cursory update of the original. Every chapter has been extensively revised and expanded, and nine new chapters have been added. The handbook is an absolute must for those who provide protective services for executives, dignitaries, officials, witnesses, and other high-risk individuals. It covers nearly every contingency you will face.
The ISDA Certification Guide Book by Tony Scotti
The material presented in the Security Driver Certification Study Guide was developed to assist those taking the ISDA Certification knowledge test which is part of the ISDA Certification Process. Although it is not a stand-alone book, it is available for anyone to purchase.
Executive Safety and International Terrorism by Tony Scotti
The book is 30 years old. The 220 page book was intended for executives and the general public. The book was not intended for the security community. During the 30 years since it was written there is more that is similar to today’s events than is different.
Last Came Anarchy by Tom Taylor
LAST CAME ANARCHY explores the tactics and strategies of a high level protective detail, and the importance an armored vehicle brings to any protective operation. Inspired by actual events, LAST CAME ANARCHY takes on the heated issues of Safety vs Exposure, the “protector’s responsibility of safety” vs the “public’s right to know.”
Brand, Branding and Marketing for the Protection Services Professional by Lawrence Snow
This Free 24 page eBook is for those protection services professionals who are new to industry, and for security and executive protection company owners who want to take their business to the next level by leveraging the power of social media and market their brand effectively.
Think Act Stay Safe with the R.E.A.C.T. Approach to Self Defence by Steve Collins
This important book shows you how you can protect yourself regardless of your age, sex or level of fitness by using the simple but effective REACT formula: R: Recognise E: Evaluate A: Alternatives C: Concentrate T: Terminate.Using clear and concise step-by-step instructions, reinforced with many illustrations and diagrams, each of these five basic principles is expanded and explained in such a way that they quickly become ‘second nature’.
Inside the Bubble by Mark James
Through my book “Inside the Bubble,” I go back to my roots of business and leadership to provide you a peak under the tent of the common threads shared by highly successful leaders and high performing organizations. While the industries may change, the fundamental factors of success remain constant.
Finding Work As a Close Protection Specialist and Bodyguard 2015 – 2016 Edition by Robin Barratt
Updated for 2015 – 2016, with ten new chapters including High Risk Close Protection, Executive Driving and making your CV more noticeable, from contributors including driver training professional Tony Scotti, former Royal Navy Commando and martial arts expert Tyrrel Francis, and private security contractor Richard Pendry, this is a vital manual for training and job hunting. A must read for anyone thinking about entering the protection industry, or already qualified and looking for work.
Legal Considerations for Tactical Medical Responders by Raffaele Di Giorgio
The purpose of this book is to highlight the common reasons why liability lawsuits occur with the use of tactical medical responders (Fire, EMS, Police), as well as how to prepare and protect yourself and your department. Good training by qualified instructors, and well thought out, expertly prepared policies and procedures are your best shields against liability.
Killing Zone: A Professional’s Guide to Preparing and Preventing Ambushes coauthored by Mark Monday
Since its release in 1994, Killing Zone: A Professional’s Guide to Preparing and Preventing Ambushes has been hailed by military professionals for its clarity and depth of understanding of ambushes. Now, this classic book has been retitled and thoroughly revised and updated for today’s evolving battlefield.
Warrior Attitude: 21 Ways to Think & Act like a Warrior That Will Transform Your Outlook on Life by Alex Lanshe
This book will give you simple and practical ways to adopt the mindset and attitudes of a warrior so that you can achieve success in your life. These attitudes are based on the author’s 20 years of observation and training with people from groups such as the Army Rangers, Secret Service, Marine Combat Trainers, Dignitary Protectors, Police Officers, Firefighters and other branches of the military. Discover how to adopt the warrior attitude so that you can achieve the success you desire today.
Left of Bang
The book is based on Patrick’s training as a Marine. The title of the book,Left of Bang, comes from the Marines Combat Hunter Course. In 2007 the Marine Corps War – Fighting Lab was tasked with creating a training program that gave the Marines the ability to realize an attack was imminent. The lexicon was to get Marines to “Left of Bang”.
Anatomy of a Warrior by Alex Lanshe
Author Alexander Lanshe sought to gain clarity on this question: “What virtues are the most essential for a warrior to live by in order to prepare for, protect against and prevent human violence?” The results of his extensive research revealed seven core virtues that were most often referenced by the 120 interviewees. The book takes a revolutionary approach to preventing human violence in society by focusing on developing the virtue of the individual protector (professional or non-professional).