I just finished reading Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster. It was sort of a meta-analysis of a bunch of published research and scientific studies on various parenting questions related to the early years. It was written by an economist (whose husband is also an economist) who loves to look at data and approaches a lot of publications with a healthy dose of skepticism.
It was a concise tactical summary of each major area of early parenting and where there is enough quality evidence to suggest one approach is better than another and where there isn't. An important point is that throughout all the decisions she discusses, there is a large role for a parent's own preferences, and she points out how each child, parent, and family situation is different, and that usually is a much bigger determining factor than anything else.
The book covered a lot of things I've read about in other places, and her list of references and books she refers to is pretty good. Below are my limited notes (my "crib sheet") on Cribsheet.
I just finished reading Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell. It was recommended to me a while ago by many people I worked with before.
I had previously enjoyed and gotten a lot out of Chris Fussell's book One Mission, which I guess is sort of a sequel to Team of Teams. Even though I read them "out of order," both books still made a lot of sense. I actually enjoyed One Mission more because I found it to be more tactical and down to earth; Team of Teams seemed to be very heavy on theory and background, which I suppose makes sense since it came first. In Team of Teams, I enjoyed learning more about the history of Scientific Management and Taylor, and it was interesting to learn a lot of the details around how the special ops teams transitioned to a more decentralized and transparent system of management as well as how they set up their physical spaces (SAR, O&I room, etc.).
My notes and main takeaways from the book are below.