Edgework Books – The Books of Ellis Amdur

De-escalation IconAuthor Ellis Amdur is a distinguished expert in the field of crisis intervention through his company, Edgework. He has published ten profession-specific books on the verbal de-escalation of aggression and calming of agitated mentally ill people, all of which are listed on this website.
Hostage NegCrisis negotiation is one of the most remarkable areas of law enforcement. On this topic, Amdur has published Shapeshifting, a book on scenario training for crisis/hostage negotiators, co-written with Ret. Sergeant Lisabeth Eddy.
The Coordinator (front cover image)The Coordinator focuses on methodologies that are used to improve one’s skills in establishing respect and rapport, while maintaining tactical strength with others, even those from very different cultures or environments. Written in plain language and accessible imagery, it will be valuable to anyone: from warfighters in another people’s land or police officers in a tough neighborhood to those working in emergency medicine, social services, businesses or schools.
link to Body and Soul: Toward a Radical Intersubjectivity in PsychotherapyBody and Soul is an unusual combination of lyric philosophical writing and harsh humanity, reeking, at times, of flesh and pain, yet finding, at other moments, traces of beauty, kindness, even love. . . . A person's integrity and unassailable dignity is to be found in stark moments where two people receive the ultimate in human gifts: the realization that we are always two, not one, and therefore, never alone.
_Martial artsAmdur is also an internationally recognized authority on traditional Japanese martial arts. He has written three books (and also released one DVD) on this subject, each of which has been considered groundbreaking: Dueling with O-sensei, Old School, and Hidden in Plain Sight.
The Girl with the Face of the Moon coverDrawing on his experiences both in his profession and in a rather colorful life, Amdur has also entered the world of fiction, with his graphic novel, Cimarronin (co-authored with Neal Stephenson, Charles Mann and Mark Teppo), and his novel, The Girl with the Face of the Moon.