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Freud: The Making of an Illusion

Freud: The Making of an Illusion

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By Frederick Crews

"Crews opens his study with the question of how Freud, whose scientific reputation has plummeted over the past decades, could retain so much cultural capital in the twenty-first century. In a single volume, he draws a portrait of Freud the liar, cheat, incestuous child molester, and all-around nasty nut job, bringing a new level of detail to these accounts."—New York Times

"A riveting, masterful biography of Freud that demolishes forever the myth of the brilliant, heroic conquistador of the human mind. Delving deeply into hitherto suppressed archival material, Crews paints an unforgettable portrait of an utterly incompetent psychotherapist whose ruthless pursuit of wealth and fame led him to disregard the welfare of his patients as well as the scruples of scientific method."—Richard J. McNally, author of What Is Mental Illness?

"Impressively well-researched, powerfully written, and definitively damning."—Kirkus Reviews

From the master of Freud debunkers, the book that definitively puts an end to the myth of psychoanalysis and its creator.  

Since the 1970s, Sigmund Freud’s scientific reputation has been in an accelerating tailspin―and for excellent reasons. Nevertheless, the idea persists that some of his contributions were visionary discoveries. In Freud: The Making of an Illusion, Frederick Crews investigates the record and reveals findings that will revolutionize our conception of the therapist, the theorist, and the human being. 

Drawing on rarely consulted archives, Crews shows us a man who blundered tragi-comically in his dealing with patients, who never produced a corroborated cure, who promoted cocaine in one decade and was deluded by it in the next, who misunderstood the psychological controversies of the era, and who advanced his career through falsifying case histories and betraying the mentors who had helped him to rise. The contrary legend has persisted, Crew shows, thanks to Freud's self-fashioning as a master detective of the psyche and later through a campaign of censorship and obfuscation conducted by his followers. 

A monumental biographical study and a slashing critique, Freud: The Making of an Illusion will stand as the last word on one of the most significant and contested figures of the twentieth century.

Hardcover
768 pages
Metropolitan Books, 2017
16.3 x 4.1 x 24 cm
ISBN 9781627797177     
Biography, Theory, Psychology 

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