Psychology Book Reviews (page 179)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Women Who Run With the Wolves will feel comfortable with Leonard's sense of women as nature's exiles, her use of myth and dreams for elaboration, and her validation of feminine mystery."
A vigorous exploration by Jungian analyst Leonard (The Wounded Woman, 1982, etc.—not reviewed) of the ``Madwoman'' archetype, an unsettling image whose negative energy, she suggests, must be recognized and rechanneled as a positive force. Read full book review >
THE PASSION OF MICHEL FOUCAULT by James Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"A riveting portrait marred only by occasional lapses into redundancy, and likely to spur even greater interest—both within and outside the university—in the writings of this influential, enigmatic man."
Revelatory, well-written account of the controversial life and writings of French historian and philosopher Foucault. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"He presents some valuable policy suggestions toward book's end, but, most of the way, he seems asleep at the wheel."
The former foreign-service officer, professor at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, and author of 18 books now offers The World According to Kennan. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"For others: an absorbing if somewhat biased introduction to the canon and archetypes that helped shape modern ideas about human development and sexuality."
In an imaginative, insightful, learned collaboration, novelist Appignanesi (Memory and Desire, 1991) and historian of science Forrester (Cambridge Univ.) present Freud's female relatives, patients, friends, disciples, and colleagues; their contributions to his work; and their actual and symbolic roles in his life. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 5, 1993

"A fluent, discriminating presentation of established psychoanalytic principles, showing Bettelheim at his best."
An artful collaboration between psychiatrist Rosenfeld (A Dissenter in the House of God, 1990) and the late Bruno Bettelheim that scrutinizes the process of psychodynamic psychotherapy in a sampling of composite case-conference material and that reveals Bettelheim in all his controversial aspects. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Philosophical-minded readers will relish Murdoch's argument, surely one of the most elegant and impassioned metaphysical forays in recent years."
Though best known as a novelist, Murdoch (The Message to the Planet, 1989, etc.)—as her years teaching at Oxford attest—is a notable philosopher as well (Acastos, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
HUMAN MINDS by Margaret Donaldson
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Ambitious and challenging but, ultimately, more suggestive than persuasive—and, at times, tough going for the general reader."
In a highly speculative analysis, Edinburgh University developmental psychologist Donaldson (Children's Minds, 1979) proposes an unusual model of human mental processes, viewing them as a series of distinct yet interactive stages, and charting a course from birth to maturity to account for the evolution of both feelings and thoughts. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Catchy, focused advice for those looking to lighten their loads."
A smartly observant book that argues for modest personality changes. Read full book review >
THE CITY IN SLANG by Irving Lewis Allen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A good read that puts on airs: Allen should have dropped the philology and stuck to his chronicle of the urban scene. (Six halftones, 12 line drawings.)"
A professor goes slumming through the dives and byways of Gotham, Ö la Henry Higgins, to hear what people have to say and to tell us what it means. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Succinct, unpatronizing advice, sure to be of help to some of those who need it."
Another compassionate, down-to-earth bit of religious self-help from Smedes (Psychology/Fuller Theological Seminary; A Pretty Good Person, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Dec. 10, 1992

"When Koplow focuses on the children, she is partisan, compassionate, and informed."
Psychotherapist Koplow (Where Rag Dolls Hide Their Faces, 1990), director of the Karen Horney Therapeutic Nursery in N.Y.C., has much to say about children who need to build safe homes within themselves to make up for a society deficient in both housing and safety. Read full book review >
COMPLEXITY by Roger Lewin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 5, 1992

"Taking the long view, complexity—explored so well here—may be seen as a corrective reaction to molecular biology: a restoration of the old-fashioned physiologists' and systems- theorists' point of view, revitalized with the aid of supercomputers."
What happens when you take computer pros, AI folk, brain modelers, ecologists, evolutionists, biologists, and students of chaos, sprinkle them with enthusiasm, and kindle a search for order? Out may come complexity—touted as the "new science of the nineties.'' Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >