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“Left of Bang” Turns One
This month marked the one-year anniversary of the release of our book, Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life. Through the end of June, the book has received over 150 reviews across various distributors (Amazon, Amazon’s international sites, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and iTunes amongst others), and has garnered the attention of many organizations that we are humbled to now consider partners in our endeavor to eliminate all violent acts from occurring. My coauthor, Jason Riley, and I can’t thank those who have taken the time after reading the book to go online and leave overwhelmingly positive comments and ratings enough.
The book would absolutely not have been as big of a success without the great support of our publisher, Black Irish Books. Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne and Callie Oettinger helped us turn an extremely rough manuscript into a book that we can truly be proud of.
While Black Irish has helped us get the book out the door, we wanted to take a moment to thank those who have helped us raise public awareness for Left of Bang. Below is a list of all of the websites that willingly reviewed the book for us or were gracious enough to interview us. We also acknowledge people like Jeff Chudwin, Randy Meyers, Linda Langarek, Lou Hayes and numerous others have helped to spread the word.
There are three people I’d like to specifically highlight for conducting interviews with us about Left of Bang. They have generated a great deal of interest and buzz in not only the book but also our Tactical Analysis courses here at The CP Journal.
Brett McKay from the Art of Manliness
Brett posted the podcast of our conversation in October of 2014 and used Left of Bang as a primary source for a great article that he wrote, titled, “How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne.” The combination of our podcast with Brett and his citing of Left of Bang in his article have caused the AoM to become the number one referring webpage to our site.
Scott Mann from The Stability Institute
There are few people who are more committed to supporting our nation’s military and ensuring our national security than Scott, which has made it a great honor to get to sit down with him for an interview about Left of Bang.
Chris Maloney from CauseEngine
I was lucky to sit down with Chris right as the book was coming out and get to explain the different sections of the book, why we felt the material was so important and talk about a number of issues that impact veterans. You can find the interview here.
We would also like to take a minute to recognize the writers and publications that took the time to review Left of Bang and let their readers and audiences know how to find a copy of the book. The people who have reviewed the book come from a wide variety of industries and fields and we couldn’t be more humbled to get to support their efforts to prevent violence. Here are the links to some of these reviews. We hope that you will visit the following sites to see the other great work that these writers post.
Ed Hinman from Gavin de Becker and Associates in a 2-part review
Jeff Mount from Krav Maga Maryland
Leanne from Grace For Elle
The original goal of Left of Bang was to ensure that we could assist those who continue to volunteer, serve and willingly go into harms way. When we released the book, we gave away more than 10,000 copies to different military units across all of the branches as well as police departments around the country to show our support to their mission. To those of you defending our freedoms at home and abroad, thank you. While we hope that Left of Bang helps each of you get further and further left of bang, if there is anything we can ever do to better support you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or comments.
For those of you who haven’t yet read Left of Bang and are looking to pick up a copy for yourself or for a loved one, there are a few ways to order: