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The Reading List:
The Emergency Mind Project's Top 5

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Extreme Ownership

How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Exploration of powerful lessons about accomplishing a goal under the severe circumstances of the battlefield, delivered by Navy Seal veterans and expert consultants. Absolutely changed the way I lead teams in resuscitations and a frequent recommendation for my residents.

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Deep Survival

Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Laurence Gonzales

Analysis of the mental side of surviving catastrophic events, and a great exploration of the idea of the "minds" that we build and deploy during extreme circumstances. Absolutely full of gems- changed the way I think about mental programming during emergencies.



Marcus Aurelius

Emperor of Rome and one of the key Stoic philosophers, Meditations is Marcus Aurelius' notes to himself on how to live deeply and well. It's also a book I read over and over. It changed the way I think about mortality, and therefore about how I handle risk and uncertainty, among a million other things.


Thinking in bets

Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts 

Annie Duke

Analysis of how we succeed and fail at thinking about risk and about outcomes during extreme uncertainty, written by a professional poker player and strategy expert. This book changed the way I process and learn from individual patient cases and it is often a topic of discussion with fellow doctors. 

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the hour between dog and wolf

How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind 

John Coates

Deep and worthwhile tour through how our bodies and minds have function together during times of acute stress, written by a former Wall Street trader turned PhD Neuroscientist. Changed the way I think about how I process and respond physiologically and mentally to stress and uncertainty. 

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