DisinfoCast: 59: Sam Sheridan, ‘The Disaster Diaries’


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Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart, A Fighter’s Mind and The Disaster Diaries, drops by to talk fighting, surviving and more.

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  • emperorreagan

    Awesome interview.

    • Matt Staggs

      I love the guy’s books. I’d recommend any of them, even if you’re not interested in fighting or readiness. He’s just a brilliant writer and a nice fellow to boot. Glad you enjoyed the interview. If it sounds choppy at the end it’s because my dog started barking her head off at some Jehovah’s Witnesses who wisely decided to skip my house.

      • emperorreagan

        I’ll definitely be picking up one of his books.

        The Tueller rule is always interesting. We play with that pretty frequently – running at someone with a knife while they’re trying to pull a pistol from their waistband or a holster (practice weapons, of course). At 21′ you can definitely knife someone before they can get a gun on target.

        I was going to say something else, but lost my train of thought because of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuUWiN-m1LU

        Enjoy the worst knife defense video I think I’ve ever seen.

        • Great_Ape

          Now that was scary/funny.

        • Matt Staggs

          Typical of people who don’t actually use real physical resistance in their training. I kept thinking that there’s no way that Mr. Knife is going to just calmly crouch there while Mr. Gun draws on him. Even if could actually stop the guy and control the knife arm, the attacker is still very likely to start punching the defender in the face or wrestling for control of the guy’s gun. I imagine that there’s going to be some kicking involved, too. Better than nothing, I guess. I’m not an expert in anything, so what do I know.

          • emperorreagan

            Even if everything goes absolutely perfectly – the defender is basically stabbing himself in the back. I laughed at my desk the first time I watched it because the guy is oblivious about the position of the knife but some of the camera angles catch it.

            I tried this out several times with my instructor in class on Thursday and basically all it does is give someone free access to stab you in the back & kidneys.

    • Great_Ape

      Totally agree. And refreshingly, a really grounded guy. I’ll be ordering that.

  • Ted Heistman

    Yeah, that was good. One of the best ones. Sam Sheridan is awesome. Inspiration as a writer.

    • Matt Staggs

      I’ve gotten to interview a few of my journalistic heroes. Sam Sheridan and Jon Ronson have been high points. I want to get Louis Theroux, Evan Wright, Mark Bowden, John Krakauer, and Mary Roach, too. Narrative journalism is a major passion of mine.

      • Ted Heistman

        Wow, looking forward to John Krakauer!

  • echar

    There’s lots to process here. Thanks for the introduction, good interview.

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