Books by Peter D. Kramer

Peter D. Kramer, M.D., recently named host of the national, weekly public radio series, The Infinite Mind, is "possibly the best-known psychiatrist in America," as The New York Times put it. Peter Kramer received his M.D. from Harvard and is the best-sel


FREUD by Peter D. Kramer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"The book, while missing features useful to general readers, remains a clear and sometimes eloquent introduction to the life and thought of the world's first shrink."
A generally sympathetic treatment, though also attentive to those many occasions when Emperor Freud wore no clothes. Read full book review >
AGAINST DEPRESSION by Peter D. Kramer
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 9, 2005

"A clear, valuable exposition of the progress researchers are making in understanding an all-too-common disease."
A heartfelt argument that depression is not, as many would have it, a source of heroic melancholy and artistic genius, but, rather, a pathological condition that should, if possible, be eradicated. Read full book review >
SPECTACULAR HAPPINESS by Peter D. Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2001

"The voice—measured, pensive, soft-spoken, self-deprecating, lightly ironic, quizzically humane—recalls the early Walker Percy. Just think what Binx Bolling might have made of himself if he'd quit going to the movies and started blowing up his neighbors' houses instead. "
This debut fiction from psychiatrist Kramer (Listening to Prozac, 1993; Should You Leave?, 1997) is a love letter a fond father writes to his long-estranged son while he waits for the FBI to gather evidence that will convict him of a series of terrorist bombings. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

Not only is this a stunning and moving look at the many- layered complexities of intimacy, it is also a neat literary trick. In the wake of his hugely successful Listening to Prozac (1993), psychiatrist Kramer was tempted to join the parade of psychotherapists who write books of advice; his would deal with the question of when to leave a troubled relationship. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1993

A provocative volume that sets up the mood-altering Prozac as a tool to examine the growing—and often troubling—use of drugs in the treatment of psychological illness. Brown University professor Kramer (Moments of Engagement, 1989—not reviewed) is a practicing psychiatrist who uses traditional techniques of therapy but also prescribes Prozac and other psychopharmaceuticals for his patients when they seem appropriate. Read full book review >