Summary of Terrorism and Personal Security

Reduce Your Chances of Becoming a Target

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Terrorism and Personal Security book summary
How to avoid being a victim of terrorists – and (info we hope you never need) how to survive if you are held hostage.


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For sheltered North Americans, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks drove home the reality of globalization: it’s a dangerous world out there, and affluent Westerners are targets. In this straightforward guide, former CIA operative and instructor William "Mac" Epps uses eye-opening details to reveal the hazards you may face when traveling abroad. He offers dozens of useful tips, bolstered by examples from real-world hijackings, bombings and kidnappings. Epps’ incessant paranoia can seem a bit much - he advises readers to be suspicious of everyone they meet. What’s the fun of traveling abroad if you’re terrified of everyone and everything? Yet his bottom-line advice isn’t that you should cower in your hotel room, simply that you should be constantly vigilant about your safety - and you should know how to get out of a jam if you get into one. getAbstract recommends this guide to international travelers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to be more secure by making yourself a hard target
  • How to boost your safety while traveling abroad
  • What to do if you’re taken hostage


Heightened Hazards and Hard Targets
As the economy becomes increasingly global, businesspeople are traveling more and more to the world’s remotest corners - and increasingly putting themselves in harm’s way. Affluent travelers always have faced the risk of petty crime, and thievery remains...
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About the Author

William M. Epps served eight years with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, where he worked on counterterrorism and taught courses on personal security, narcotics, and science and technology. Today, Epps is a bank vice president and international business development manager in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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