Holding Your Ground – Total Defense Book Review

I received a complimentary copy of the Holding Your Ground – Total Defense book to review. My first thought was “why has it taken so long for someone to write this?” Sure there are military manuals out there that cover similar topics, but they’re just that, military manuals. They’re written for the military, with all of the military’s support systems in mind. This book is written for the average prepper (or perhaps the prepper on roids, a.k.a. a “survivalist”).

Who should read this book?

Holding your Ground is written for people who prepare for a time when two critical situations become reality:

  1. The government no longer provides security, either locally or nationally.
  2. There is a disruption in the food supply.

A portion of the book’s introduction describes its intent:

The purpose of this book is to provide instruction, ideas and concepts for protecting your family in the event of a break down in society or services. This book uses scientific facts, historical examples and good old common sense as the basis for the content ….

The questions generated by preparation activities are typically answered with more questions and a cycle of analysis paralysis quickly ensues. This book attempts to provide a methodology and scientific processes to assist the reader with preparation activities in the area of Security, or defense of their location. Unfortunately, Security has to overlap with other primary needs, such as shelter, water and food. This book will not provide you with plans for the construction of an underground bunker, but will provide instruction on how to defend it ….

Defensive Planning and Preparation can be performed in the privacy of your own home and with other individuals with whom you share similar beliefs. There is nothing in this book about deploying barbwire barriers across your front yard, or digging siege trenches around your garden, so you don’t have to worry about the neighbors thinking you are crazy or radical.

My second thought, upon seeing the $27.00 price, was “seriously?” That’s high for a paperback book, let alone an ebook. Is it worth the price? I think that depends on you and your situation. Knowledge is power, so to that extent it’s worth the money (if you want this type of information). Holding Your Ground is good at what it covers. I’d tell you if it was trash, and it’s not trash. Many self-published ebooks are poorly written. This book is not poorly written. It is well written, well laid out and contains descriptive diagrams.

Holding Your Ground – Total Defense also comes emailed with a spreadsheet that helps you use the book to get information for your situation (the spreadsheet can be done paper and pen). There are 181 pages in Holding Your Ground – Total Defense. For a reduced, $9.95 price you can also buy a smaller, location-specific version of the book: Farm and Ranch, Suburban and Rural Homes, and Apartments and Condos.

The site is worth checking out: www.holdingyourground.com.

– RM

BTW P.S.: Have YOU read the book? Post your review here, too.

13 comments… add one
  • Craig April 26, 2011, 12:17 pm

    “Holding Your Ground” manages to provide a lot of useful information without overloading the reader with technical terminology. The included spreadsheet helped me evaluate my own property and people with a much more critical eye. I felt like I got great value for the money.

  • ChefBear58 April 26, 2011, 8:16 pm

    Personally, I really like reading the old military manuals. I have since I first learned how to read, they are a wealth of information and for the most part they put said information in a format that almost anyone can understand. At least that has been my experience (my dad still talks about me deploying GI-JOE’s as a kid, based on what I read in one of his old manuals).

    I followed the link provided and read everything I could on the site, it looks pretty interesting. I think I am going to invest in it next pay-day. After all, I have yet to come across a situation where extra information is a disadvantage… except when studying for finals next week of course!

  • Ray April 27, 2011, 3:32 am

    I checked out the website hoping to see the the author’s credentials were. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like there is any info on the author at all. I’m not sure I’d buy his book until I knew at least something about his background.


  • russell1200 April 27, 2011, 7:33 am

    Like Chief Bear, I enjoy military manuals. But I find them rather limited for personal use. The military has too much mony and men (and now women) to burn.

    I hate the pdf format. The lack of credetials is not of great importance. The last people in the United States who had to worry about these issues was over 100 years ago. They did write about it, and their stuff is already online for free (copyright expired).

    Now if you had somebody from Rhodesia writing about it that would be interesting!

  • DCH April 27, 2011, 10:32 am

    I thought I had every Military manual available in one format or another. Field survival, medical, emergency surgery and small unit maneuvers are in my library. I even found a British manual on surviving combat.

    If anyone could point me towards a manual on how to configure my place for defense or even me help analyze what I might have to defend against I would appricate it.

    Might save me some money.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jason April 28, 2011, 12:30 am

      Do you have a book called Small Unit Action? It’s from the Vietnam era and is a book which details lots of different actions – sniper, recon, booby traps etc. A friend of mine – a man who did 3 tours in the bush, loaned it to me and found it quite fascinating.

      It’s obviously out of print but would love to know who the author was and try to find it. I have loads of out of print books and thoroughly enjoy much of the old school simplicity.

      • DCH April 28, 2011, 7:14 am

        That might have been replaced by FM 21-75, Combant Skills of the Soldier?

        FM 100-64 Infantry=Based Opposing Force Operations and Tactics is another one that sounds close.

        I went to the book’s website and browsed around. It looks like this thing is written to defend a house. It says it is not about self-defense, but how to prepare your place. Every time I think I have something simple like that covered, I read a book that schools me. Time to take the plunge.

  • riverrider April 27, 2011, 12:43 pm

    got it. read about half of it so far. not a fan of the matrix, but it was very useful to point out shortcomings in my defense. i just retired, 29 years of service, and i learned some new things too. best of all, its not one of those throw- money- at- the- problem books. can’t wait to finish it.

  • Ray April 28, 2011, 3:19 am


    You’re right the lack of credentials isn’t that big of a deal, especially when other credible people have reviewed it, but I’m still a bit skeptical.

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  • DCH April 30, 2011, 11:54 am

    I purchased the book (the Farm and Ranch version) last week. I lost internet connection right in the middle of the download, so I had to use the support email. They responded within 10 minutes and I had my book shortly afterwards.

    The version I purchased was only 160 pages and was directed at farm properties which is what I wanted.

    There were at least 4 times I said “why didn’t I think of that”, esp the section on making your place look like it had burned down. Now that was clever.

    I have printed off about 20 pages to put in my SHTF binder. Now I kind of wish I had bought the big one.

  • UNKNOWN July 25, 2011, 1:24 pm

    anyone know where i could get a free pdf version of that book. i spend most of my money on preps.
    just post link here


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