THE BRAIN WATCHERS by Martin Gross

THE BRAIN WATCHERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Do you ever feel that a Peeping Tom is viewing your draped intellect, your naked personality, and then reporting quite erroneously as to what he saw? In this first book, a devastating indictment has been drawn against the multi-million dollar personality testing ""Industry"" which is making free with the reputations and future success of millions of men, women and children. Neither teen-ager nor tycoon is safe from these un-sexed who weigh intelligence, and idiosyncrasy on lying scales and then misread the results. In their search for the ""square American"", they denounce the sensitive, the imaginative, the sympathetic and the mildest aesthete. Money, materialism and McKinleyism are their gods. They say that executives should not be sympathetic, men who like bridge playing and taking long walks may well be homosexuals; and that children should be trained in athletics rather than religion. If this kind of testing passes as scientific investigation, there should be an early revival of the practice of examining the entrails of chickens... Less controversial than say- Vance Packard- (Gross has chapter and verse to prove all points), this might well startle some of that audience who fill find it brisk, holding and frequently fascinating reading.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1962
Publisher: Random House