What I’ve been reading:

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1. Albert J. Bernstein, Dinosaur Brains: Dealing with All Those Impossible People at Work.

After being very impressed with Am I The Only Sane One Working Here?: 101 Solutions for Surviving Office Insanity I started reading all of Bernstein’s work. His books are an interesting compliment to the type of behavioral stuff I post on this blog. Instead of using scientific studies, Bernstein draws from 30 years of clinical psychology and business consultation coming to many of the same conclusions seen in the research but with a human twist. Accessible, practical and easy reading.

2. Wayman C. Mullins and Michael J. McMains, Crisis Negotiations, Fourth Edition: Managing Critial Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement and Corrections.

Not for the casual reader; this is a textbook for police negotiators. Extensively researched and surprisingly readable for an academic book. Very interesting to see how the most extreme situations imaginable both validate and contradict day-to-day beliefs about human nature.

3. Portal 2.

This is a video game, not a book, but don’t dismiss it. Like the original Portal (which garnered “Game of the Year” nods from over 30 publications) Portal 2 is a mind-blowing confection of brilliant challenges, gorgeous visuals and a hilarious, impressive storyline. It’s getting rave reviews, and deservedly so. All who criticize video games as mindless should be required to play it.

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