These are 5 great reads for anyone, but especially for individuals in the field of executive protection:

  • Hiding in Plain Sight by Thomas Lebrun is a memoir telling of his journey from a young kid dreaming of being superman to a champion bodybuilder to a martial artist and ending off being a bodyguard making for a pretty good read.
  • The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker tells the story of many people who have been attacked by somebody that they knew, in which he shows some common things that happened and calls them all PINS or pre-incident indicators. These PINS are things that he saw happening in each case.
  • Intro to EP by Elijah Shaw is far more than just an introduction to executive protection and has even earned the title “bible of the executive security industry.” It’s quite a powerful learning tool tapping into real experiences protecting celebrities and politicians.
  • The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin isn’t directly talking about skills needed for EP. However, the book does give lessons on how to be a good leader. For example, how every leader should take 100% responsibility for their actions, almost everything in this book can be applied to EP easily.
  • The Art of Executive Protection by Robert L. Oatman applies the teachings of Sun Tzu’s book “The Art of War” to EP, all of which can be applied to your goal of protecting something without a drop of blood in “The Art of War”‘s case that’s your country in EP’s case that’s the client.