The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan audiobook

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

By Susannah Cahalan
Read by Susannah Cahalan  and  Christine Moreau

Grand Central Publishing 9781538715284

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549175282

  • ISBN: 9781549103001

Runtime: 11.07 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Time Magazine Book of the Year for 2019

An O Magazine Pick of the Month

A New York Times Pick of the Month

A Washington Post Pick of the Month

A San Francisco Chronicle Top Shelf Pick for November

A Houston Chronicle Pick of the Month

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 23 Best Reads for Book Clubs

"One of America's most courageous young journalists" and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Brain on Fire investigates the shocking mystery behind the dramatic experiment that revolutionized modern medicine (NPR).

Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity--how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, healthy, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever.

But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows in this real-life detective story, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Bold, brave, and original, The Great Prentender grips you as tightly as the madness it investigates.” Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author
A gripping, insightful read, The Great Pretender...has the urgency of a call to action. Time
A thrilling mystery--and a powerful case for a deeper understanding of mental illness. People Magazine
Engaging [and] illuminating. Science
Engrossing. Nature
An urgent, personal book...The Great Pretender reads like a suspense novel, with the reader unable to stop turning the pages. [This book] cements Cahalan's place in the ranks of the country's sharpest writers of nonfiction. The Great Pretender is an essential book, an a plea for the world to come to terms with the way we're treating some of our most vulnerable people. NPR
A study that facilitated one of the most destructive changes in 20th-century domestic policy appears to be withering under scrutiny. National Review
“It’s absorbing, sometimes sobering, sometimes seriously funny. Cahalan’s narration makes the reading great fun, with an urgency occasionally akin to a thriller.” Shelf Awareness
People have asked me over the years: If they liked The Psychopath Test, what should they read next? I now have an answer. THE GREAT PRETENDER is such an achievement. It is a wonderful look at the anti-psychiatry movement and a great adventure--gripping, investigative--and is destined to become a popular and important book. Jon Ronson, New York Times bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and So You've Been Publicly Shamed
A masterpiece of historical reconstruction...an intellectual detective story [and] a towering critique of our systems of mental health-care. If I could've written this book, I would have. Ron Powers, New York Times bestselling author of No One Cares About Crazy People
Brilliant...Indispensable reading. Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Susannah Cahalan

Author Bio: Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan is the author of Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender. She writes for the New York Post. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Magazine, Glamour, Psychology Today, and other publications.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 11.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English