Victims of Memory: Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives
Each year, more than a million Americans are convinced by their therapists that their childhoods were not as happy as they thought - that they harbored repressed memories of horrendous abuse by their parents, other relatives, and even satanic cults. Their identities are destroyed, their pasts rewritten, and their families are torn apart. Several books have been written about this strange phenomenon, some of them very good, but Pendergrast's has been consistently acclaimed by reviewers as the most comprehensive, balanced, and readable coverage of the topic. Originally published in 1995, the book was so highly received that a second edition came out just a year later. Among the publications that have given high praise to this book are Scientific American, New York Review of Books, Booklist, the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of the Aerican Medical Association, Psychological Reports, and the Montreal Gazette.
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Victims of memory: incest accusations and shattered livesUser Review - Book Verdict
On the heels of On the Myth of Repressed Memory (LJ 8/94), Making Monsters (Scribner, 1994), and Return of the Furies (LJ 9/15/94), this latest entry on "false memory syndrome" is the most readable to date. The author is a professional journalist who has been accused of incest by his two adult daughters, adding an air of sensationalism to the book's promotion and content. But this is not just a personal story, Pendergrast (For God, Country & Coca Cola: The Unauthorized History of the Great American Soft Drink, LJ 3/15/93) interviews many subjects--the abused, the recanting formerly abused, alleged abusers, and their therapists--and relies on professionals in the field of clinical psychology for the scientific data. The author discusses why the "repressed memory" phenomenon is so prevalent today and also offers a short history of other psychological fads. Recommended for popular collections.--A. Arro Smith, San Marcos P.L., Tex.
Review: Victims of MemoryUser Review - Goodreads
I think this is probably the best book (of maybe 10)I have read about this sordid topic, the topic being false claims of sexual abuse. Best because it is on the one hand written for lay people, by an ...