I am having trouble picking between these three books: 1) Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper 2) In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Fiream in Personal Protection by Massad Ayoob 3) Armed and Female by Paxton Quigley I am no expert in self defense. I am just looking for a primer. I will probably get all of these books eventually, but I just want one for now. I usually read poetry or fiction. I have poetry by Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, Judy Grahn and Marge Piercy. I love to read Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain. As you can see I like to read books that are a bit dreamy and so I feel a little lost looking for a self defense manual. I would like to know which of these books offers the most interesting read. I don't want to fall asleep while reading about such an important subject. I have only been shooting a couple of years nows, but I really enjoy my time at the range and take it very seriously. I have a CCW and I am trying to get out to the range at least twice a month. I still have a flinch, but I am trying to work that out with my .22. I also have a G26 and three other handguns. I am starting to ramble. The question was which of these three books should I start with? Any opinions or comments are appreciated. I also would like to know if any of these books are a waste of time and money. Let me know what you folks think. Thanks.