01 Jun Risky Business
If you’re the type of person who greets peril with a brisk nod and a devastating elbow strike, you might turn to 100 DEADLY SKILLS: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation (Touchstone, paper, $18). Written by a retired Navy SEAL named Clint Emerson, the illustrated book sits at the intersection of two staunchly American traditions: a love of vigilantism and a faith in the multiple uses of aluminum foil.
Emerson is equipped with 20 years’ experience conducting special ops while attached to SEAL teams and the N.S.A., according to the bio issued by his publisher. (Depending on your threshold for surveillance, this bio will either stoke your inner patriot or give you the willies.) He is the kind of individual who cannot visit a restaurant without scanning the landscape for threats, canvassing exits and cataloging potential improvised weapons, like a tabletop saltshaker (which can be used to temporarily blind an assailant, it turns out). He lives in Texas, because of course he does.