Xavier Maniguet was a doctor, an adventurer and a correspondant for the French secret services. The British services called him ‘The French Doctor’. Among other ‘faits d’armes’ he was captain of the backup boat during the ‘Rainbow Warrior’ fiasco .
He wrote several handbooks on survival which have been translated into English and are still consulted today. However my favorite is a small handbook in French called ‘Guide De L’Homme D’Action’. Get hold of it if you can. It was written as a handbook for members of the French ‘Service Action’ and then remodelled for the general public.
It is a work well worth reading, a guide to life well lived. His analysis of action and stress are excellent. He examines the differences between men and women in action in a way which lays out essential paths to follow. His advice on health is clear, simple and easy to follow. He touches on ethics and on personal management in ways which put self help books to shame.
I refer to him regularly. He enriches my life as a teacher, a trainer and quite simply as a man.
Sadly Xavier died in an accident before I had time to know him.