Psychology Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: April 1, 1994

"A well-researched and documented account of the breakdown of one fragile and deeply troubled human being and of the system that failed him. (For another view of this case, sympathetic to Bean-Bayog, see, Chafetz: Obsession, above.)"
A thoughtful examination of the headline-making Bean- Baylog/Lozano case that raises serious questions about psychiatric standards, unorthodox psychotherapeutic techniques, and the ability of the medical community to regulate itself. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"Detailed, generous analyses of complex artists, buttressed by lucid cultural speculation."
In the shadow of ``ethnic cleansing'' and rigid nationalism, a noted academic literary critic examines exemplary creations of the ``plural self'' and urges an extension of the private ironies of ``postmodern subjectivity'' into the public sphere. Read full book review >

THE AGE OF PARADOX by Charles Handy
Released: March 31, 1994

"Anecdotal antidotes to the discontents and discontinuities of the present fin de siäcle from a lively and open mind. (First printing of 30,000)"
As a graceful and challenging follow-up to The Age of Unreason (1990), Handy makes a pitch for more humanely adaptive responses to the convulsive transformations he says are in store for the industrial West. Read full book review >
Released: March 16, 1994

"Satisfyingly upbeat, but with a tendency to weight the evidence toward the author's choice of trends, much like the popular magazines he often cites."
An optimistic look into the future, predicting psychological and social trends that will shape Americans in the next century. Read full book review >
Released: March 16, 1994

"First-rate medical detection that lights up a corner of the human mind."
Artfully told stories of the often-astonishing discovery of memories of traumatic childhood events. Read full book review >

Released: March 15, 1994

"Clear, engaging account of a persistent social problem, full of humanity and wisdom."
An informative survey of America's evolving responses to the question of society's obligation to the mentally ill and how best to meet that obligation. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1994

"Would make a great PBS documentary."
Karttunen (Anthropology/Linguistic Research Center, Univ. of Texas) has identified a fascinating topic in the lives and roles of interpreters, guides, and informants to missionaries, explorers, soldiers: world-bridging mediators, the ultimate aliens. Read full book review >
Released: March 14, 1994

"According to the authors, the positive aspect of ADD—high creativity—should prevent stigma being attached to this highly treatable condition."
A thorough examination of the hot new psychological syndrome, attention disorder deficit (ADD), formerly called hyperactivity and now believed to be neurological in origin, by two Harvard Medical School psychiatrists who have adult-diagnosed ADD themselves. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 1994

"In its eloquence, evenhandedness, and common sense, a book that rises heads and shoulders above the general run of pop-psych material."
A moving study of the dynamics of sibling relationships. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 1994

"Should be of help to depressives in understanding their illness while seeking treatment."
Uplifting, strongly researched but accessible book by Kathy Cronkite, Walter's daughter, following her studiously serious On the Edge of the Spotlight (1981). Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 1994

"Karen's work makes clear that, regardless of the path of scientific thought, there are newly minted, common-sense reasons for giving offspring all the love and respect we can."
The complex topic of attachment theory is opened up to parents, as well as other interested adults, by putting issues of child development, usually couched in antiseptic academic parlance, in lay terms. Read full book review >
SEXUAL DREAMS by Gayle Delaney
Released: March 1, 1994

"But beyond this, its too-literal and disorganized approach leaves the reader—or the client—guessing."
Another attempt by Delaney (Living Your Dreams, 1979, etc.) to whip our sleeping selves into waking fulfillment through step-by- step home remedies, visits to the author's Dream and Consultation Center, or both. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >