My friend Ivan recommended this book to me (he’s into forensic psychology) and it took me a while to get around to it. However, once I did I was really, really happy. These types of books are a crap shoot–sometimes you get to deal with the inflated ego and bitch-mongering of the author (See Confessions of a Medical Examiner) but that wasn’t the case with this book. The author was very down to earth, willing to admit mistakes and say he didn’t know all the answers, and ultimately came across as human. His stories were fascinating, and he did a great job of chronicling the evolution of the psychological unit at the FBI. The book is now the basis for the TV show Criminal Minds (the best new crime drama on TV, in my opinion) and it shows. Simply a great book.