End of Summer Reading List

ISDA Recommended Reading for Protection Professionals

As we approach the end of Summer, and with September right around the corner, the ISDA has put together a list of recent books authored by ISDA members. Learn from Executive Protection professionals as they share their knowledge.

The Protected is a rare look into the professional realm of Executive Protection from the personal accounts of an international practitioner who has dedicated over 30 years of his life protecting others. It is written for all levels of interest and includes the many operational and human complexities that are encompassed in this global profession. The book breaks down the Who, What, When, Where and perhaps most importantly, the “Why” in the world of Executive Protection.

An Introduction to Celebrity Protection and Touring offers a peek behind the scenes of the close protection industry, more commonly known as the bodyguard business. More than the stereotypical bullet blocker, the modern protection specialist is a skilled practitioner who utilizes verbal judo much more than its physical counterpart. 

Women in the Security Profession: A Practical Guide for Career Development is a resource for women considering a career in security, or for those seeking to advance to its highest levels of management. It provides a historical perspective on how women have evolved in the industry, as well as providing real-world tips and insights on how they can help shape its future.


A CIA security officer recounts a twenty-four-year career protecting America’s intelligence personnel and senior USG Officials against a backdrop of the War on Terror.

Tom Pecora is prepared to draw back the curtain on the little-known and misunderstood world of the CIA protective operations—security teams who work on the front lines in some of the most dangerous places in the world, doing battle with America’s most determined enemies in the War on Terror and more.

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