Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: A Failure of Civility

I just finished reading A Failure of Civility.  To sum it up, it is a manual on how to prepare for a crisis up to what the author's call "A Failure of Civility".  Think of this as "Without Rule of Law" (WROL).  What makes this manual unique is that they acknowledge the fact that most folks will not be able to "go it alone" or "bug out".  The vast majority of us only have one place to live and do not know how to live off the land.  Instead, you must coordinate with your neighbors and any friends who may come to stay for the crisis in order to survive.

The authors were both U.S. Army Special Forces.  Army SF are trained to turn little groups of people with no training and teach them the skills to defend themselves and be self sufficient.  This experience and knowledge lends itself very well to the material.

The main themes in this manual are as follows:
  • Organize your Neighborhood Protection Plan.  This ties into the idea that you cannot expect to survive "a failure of civility" on your own.
  • Realize that there are different levels of "crisis".  The authors do a good job of defining these levels and how to respond to each level.
  • Prepare NOW while you have the time, but more importantly TRAIN how to defend yourself and to become self sufficient.
This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the content of the manual.  Other folks who have reviewed this book have mentioned that a lot of the information in the pages are repetitive.  The authors did note that they indeed would be repeating themselves due to the importance of the points they are trying to get across.  I read the manual with the mindset that they were speaking directly to me.  This is a technique that folks use during speeches to get their point across.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who believes in hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.  Check out the link at the beginning of this post for the website that you can snag this book at.  It even has a generous 80 page preview so that you can see exactly what kind of material they cover.

If you have read this book, then please comment below and let me know what you think.  I am curious if others think the Neighborhood Protection Plan is a feasible idea as presented. I am particularly interested in  the part about getting your other neighbors in on it.  I do not know how successful I would be, but I am seriously considering putting some feelers out to see if anyone would be interested.


  1. I think your review is spot on!
    thank you

  2. We just had Jack Lawson on last night on a two hour Webinar on his book and will be posting it on out National WebSite at