John Townsend's Self-Defense for Peaceable People: Defend Yourself Regardless of Size, Gender, Age, or Strength is a great book on basic self-defense techniques.
John Townsend relies on a 20+ year in law enforcement to deliver a method that requires no training or experience at all, and is especially suited to those who simply want a realistic command of basic self-defense. Mr. Townsend explains clearly and succinctly the philosophy and theory behind self-defense, and describes the various types of attacks that can happen in different situations. Realistic photo sequences illustrate in detail the evasion and counterattack techniques that enable readers to defend themselves effectively in any real-world situation, regardless of size, gender, age, or strength. Armed only with these simple techniques, readers gain a new sense of freedom, personal confidence, and peace of mind.
A GREAT book at a very affordable price ($15.25 on Amazon)