Truthfully, in our current climate of competencies and guideline-driven education, it is a relief to explore the emotional content chronicled in the individual chapters of this book. The variety of experiences and diverse backgrounds of the authors add strength to the material. As the authors recount their personal exposures, it quickly becomes clear that this book is not light reading. The situations draw the reader into a very complex and at times painful emotional space. I found myself reading only a chapter or two at a time, feeling both severely drained yet, in retrospect, strangely hopeful. In the midst of their profound sadness and often overwhelming grief, the authors portray resilience, innovation, and creative new strategies for helping people recover. I highly recommend Disaster Psychiatry to anyone who plans to work or volunteer in the field of disaster or emergency psychiatry. On the other hand, given that disasters are by nature unplanned, any one of us might be immersed in similar situations. Perhaps we should all read the book.