Education and Resources
We may or may not agree with these authors. We may or may not endorse some or all of these ideas. "Nullius in Verba" - "On the words of no one," or as LeVar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow, "You don't have to take [our] word for it." Read, think, decide for yourself.
Stella is a Star - Bernadette Peters
Great book for the kiddies about being comfortable with who you are and not judging people based on how they look.
The Lawyer's Guide to Dangerous Dog Issues - Joan Schaffner, Editor
Publication from the American Bar Association. Good reading for all you city attorneys out there...and for those of you still going to heaven.
The Pitbull Placebo - Karen Delise
Recounts the history of dog attacks in the U.S. and how media coverage of them has evolved. Interesting piece of trivia - I spoke with the author several times as she was researching and writing this book. She was reluctant to give it this title because her main interest is studying and researching fatal attacks by all breeds, and pit bulls have a way of dominating a conversation. But in the end she said she couldn't argue with where the information pointed, and she went with this title.
Innumeracy - John Allen Paulos
Understanding numbers = essential basic life skill. Read it.
Dogs Bite but Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous - Janis Bradley
Excellent book about fear and risk perception focusing on dog bites/attacks and their place in the context of the threats we face daily.
Reasoning and Writing: From Critical Thinking to Composition - Donald L. Hatcher, L. Anne Spencer
Arranged as a text, but this makes the information easy to access and digest. Nice that it carries the process into writing as well. Good critical thinking text.
The Science of Fear - Daniel Gardner
About fear, how it works and how it affects us, very interesting.
Fatal Dog Attacks: The Truth Behind the Statistics - Karen Delise
An unequaled book about fatal dog attacks. The information and research is not only second-to-none, it stands completely alone. There is no other source of information like this out there.
Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds - Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini
The author is the Director of the Cognitive Science Institute in Milan and is a research associate at MIT. He describes what he says are "cognitive illusions," games our minds play on us when we think, and tries to equip us to overcome them.
The Working Pit Bull - Diane Jessup
Simply the best pit bull book I have ever read.