what would a good beginners book to read??
i have no firearms training whatsoever
Dave Spaulding's book "Handgun Combatives" is a very good book to read. Also, Ayoob's "In the Gravest Extreme" has been must read for years for anyone who carries a gun. I would suggest you read and view as much material as possible. Get training from several different qualified instructors if possible and then use what makes sense to you and works best for you. I have found this to be the best way to get a well rounded skillset. Keep it simple and avoid all the fancy current ninja techniques, they will go out the window under stress IMO. Also, you MUST PRACTICE what you learn to make it automatic.