Waking the Tiger, by Peter A. Levine is a book that talks about the effects of post traumatic stress and the things that can often lead to it as well as the consequences it can have on the people that endure it. It offers a new and hopeful version of trauma and shows it through the lens of humans being an animal that has a capacity to use and be affected by instinct. By asking and answering questions, of why wild animals are rarely traumatized even though they are always encountering trauma, there can be much learned about the mysteries associated with human trauma.
Also, the book has a lot of steps that can help, especially when people are often traumatized by ordinary experiences, and so the reader learns of the various impulses that are in play when we feel trauma and the way we can control it.
Sherryl Woods writes the Backup Plan, a book written by a woman who barely escaped a car bomb that killed her lover and her cameraman and so she is always experiencing panic attacks. When she comes home, she can settle down and enjoy a calming and sweet life with her new sweetheart and new life. Though a story, this book shows how someone struggling with post traumatic stress can overcome it and start on her new life with her new love.
Trauma and Recovery, the aftermath of violence, by Judith Herman, is a book that talks about how we think about trauma and victims of it. Usually these problems are considered individually, but the book provides an expansive view of the subject and talks of how it effects a people at large, such as veterans and victims of political war and terror. Also, she makes parallels between private trauma such as rape and terror and then compares it to the grand scale traumas, as well. This is a book that can really shed light on the particulars of trauma.
Dana Reinhardt writes The Things a Brother Knows, a book about a brother who comes home from the marines and then never talks and doesn’t come out of his room or ride in cars or see his girlfriend or listen to music and then he screams and howls in the middle of the night. And as the book focuses on his trauma and the things it makes him encounter, it also shows how his trauma affects the family around him and how it has an effect on them. Written in a personal and detailed way, the book gives you a sense of how it is to live with someone with trauma.
Nate Self writes Two Wars, a story of the battle the author encountered and waged and then his battle with trauma later on. It helps people understand the long term effects of war on terror as well as shows that many people are struggling with this. If you are in the military or have someone you love in it, this book can show you the pressures upon a soldier and shed light on why they might experience such trauma.