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Here, we share books whose insights inform and underpin what we do. Our focus is books you likely have not come across or may not have considered relevant to trial work.

We invite you share titles of books that have changed your trial thinking or recharged your trial skills with us and your colleagues by emailing us or posting on our private Trialcraft Facebook page.

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason And The Human Brain

by Antonio Damasio A Harvest Book, Harcourt, Inc.

With roots in Enlightenment visions of mind, our legal system is built on the idea that reason and emotion are separate phenomena — and that reason can rise above and control emotion. Antonio Damasio is one of the neuroscientists whose work has demolished that notion. This book lays out the ways in which emotion and reason are intertwined and

Visual Language: Global Communication For The 21st Century

by Robert E. Horn PLANE Press

Today, we live in the time of transition from primarily text-based print communication to primarily visual-based communication. In this brilliant and accessible book, Bob Horn lays out the structure of what he calls visual language: a new and developing language that integrates text, images, and shapes to communicate in novel ways that no other language can accomplish. He explores

Sources Of Power: How People Make Decisions

by Gary Klein MIT Press

You may be familiar with the Nobel-prize winning work of Amos Tversky on behavioral economics, which studied cognitive errors in human thinking that undermine economic models based on rational choice decision-making. Gary Klein’s work is equally important but it moves in the opposite direction — looking at the strengths and skills that humans bring to expert decision-making under stress

The Trial Lawyer’s Art

by Sam Schrager Temple University Press

Every year in mid-summer, the mall in Washington, DC is transformed into a huge stage for one of the largest festivals of folk life in the world. In 1986, Sam Schrager created a stage for one of America’s greatest unsung folk arts: trial opening statements and closing arguments. Those performances capped a year-long study Schrager conducted of the oral