Recommended Books

The following recommended books can be found on Bruce’s bookshelf. Some are obvious, others are less-so, but all are books he considers both interesting and important for mediators and other dispute resolution professionals. All are easy to find online except where linked otherwise.

General mediation

  • Mediating Dangerously, by Ken Cloke
  • Resolving Disputes, Theory, Practice & Law, by Jay Folberg, Dwight Golann, Thomas J. Stipanowich, Lisa A. Kloppenberg
  • Mixed Method Mediation: A hybrid Approach to Conflict Resolution, by Douglas Spoors & Ken Cloke
  • The Mediation Process, Christopher Moore, 4th edition.
  • The Mediators Handbook, by Jennifer Beer and Caroline Packard
  • Mastering Mediation, by Lynn Duryee and Matt White
  • Making Money Talk: How to Mediate Insured Claims and other Monetary Disputes, by Anderson Little
  • The Conflict Paradox: Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes, by Bernard S. Mayer
  • Stories Mediator’s Tell, by Eric Galton and Lela Love
  • Self Determination in Mediation, by Dan Simon & Tara West


  • You Just don’t Understand by Deborah Tannen 
  • Talking from 9-5, also by Deborah Tannen  
  • Reclaiming Conversation, by Sherry Turkle
  • Non-violent Communication: A Language of Life (Nonviolent Communication Guides), by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Difficult conversations, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
  • Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy, By Andrew Newberg, Mark Robert Waldman
  • Talking with Strangers, by Malcomb Gladwell


  • Mediation Ethics, by Ellen Walden


  • Negotiation Genius, by Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman
  • Negotiating the Impossible: How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (Without Money or Muscle), by Deepak Malhotra
  • Getting to Yes, Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by Roger Fisher and William Ury
  • Getting Past No:  Negotiating in Difficult Situations, by William Ury
  • Getting to Yes with Yourself (and Other Worthy Opponents), by William Ury
  • Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate, by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro
  • Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts, by Daniel Shapiro.
  • Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success, by Samuel Dinnar & Lawrence Susskind
  • Ask for it: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want, by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
  • Negotiator:  A Memoir, by George Mitchell
  • Self Determination in Mediation, by Dan Simon and Tara West

Emotions, Psychology & Mindfulness

  • Managing Conflict Mindfully:  Don’t Believe Everything You Think, by Leonard Riskin
  • Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation and Decision Making, by Jennifer K. Robbennolt, Jean R. Sternlight , latest edition
  • Mind, A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, by Dan Siegel
  • The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them, by Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley
  • Inside Out: How Conflict Professionals Can Use Self-Reflection to Help Their Clients, by Gary Friedman
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, by Daniel Goleman
  • Embodied Conflict: The Neural Basis of Conflict and Communication, by Tim Hicks
  • Bringing Peace Into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution, by Daniel Bowling and David Hoffman
  • Memory and Emotion, by Daniel Reisberg and Paula Hertel
  • Mindfulness & the Brain, by Jack Kornfield
  • On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler
  • Beyond Smart:  Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence, by Ronda Muir
  • On Apology, by Aaron Lazere

Culture & Bias

  • Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, Michael Minkov
  • When Cultures Collide, 3rd Edition: Leading Across Cultures, by Richard D. Lewis
  • Outliers, by Malcomb Gladwell
  • The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, by Arin N. Reeves
  • Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands, by Terri Morrison and Wayne Conaway

Lawyers/Mediation Advocates

  • Mediation Representation:  Advocating in a Problem-Solving Process, by Harold Abramson


  • Possible: How we Survive and Thrive in an Age of Conflict by William Ury
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • Dispute System Design: Preventing, Managing, and Resolving Conflict, by Lisa Blomgren Amsler,  Janet K. Martinez and Stephanie E. Smith
  • The Anatomy of Peace, Fourth Edition: Resolving the Heart of Conflict, latest edition, by the Arbinger Institute
  • Appellate Mediation, by Brendon Ishikawa and Dana Curtis
  • The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War, by Scilla Elworthy
  • Brain Rules for Work, by John Medina
  • Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis, by Ho-Won Jeong
  • Anything in the series, Star Trek:  The Next Generation.  Explores the issues & perspectives of each party & helps find mutually acceptable solutions. (Thank you to Philip Allan for making me locate and re-read these books from my childrens’ bookshelves!)



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Bruce A. Edwards

Bruce is one of the pioneers in developing mediation to resolve commercial disputes in the United States. He has been a professional mediator since 1986 and has mediated over 8000 disputes. Bruce was a co-founder and former chairman of the board of directors of JAMS. In 2023 he joined Signature Resolution to continue his mediation practice while pursuing his passion for delivering high-quality mediation training through Edwards Mediation AcademyBruce has consistently received recognition for his work as a mediator, most recently being accepted into the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in ADR by ADR Times 2022; once again recognized as a Best Lawyer in the ADR category by Best Lawyers® 2022 and recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader and Mediator in the US by Who’s Who Legal, 2023.