Freud by Frederick Crews
The Making of an Illusion

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The best remedy, writes Mr. Crews, “is just to display the record of Freud’s doings.” In “Freud: The Making of an Illusion” he does so, strapping Sigmund Freud to his own couch with devastating results.
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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—but nonetheless the idea persists that some of his contributions were visionary discoveries of lasting value. Now, drawing on rarely consulted archives, Frederick Crews has assembled a great volume of evidence that reveals a surprising new Freud: a man who blundered tragicomically in his dealings with patients, who in fact never cured anyone, who promoted cocaine as a miracle drug capable of curing a wide range of diseases, and who advanced his career through falsifying case histories and betraying the mentors who had helped him to rise. The legend has persisted, Crews shows, thanks to Freud’s fictive self-invention as a master detective of the psyche, and later through a campaign of censorship and falsification 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.

 

About Frederick Crews

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Frederick Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at University of California, Berkeley. In addition to The Pooh Perplex, he is the author of The Memory Wars and other books about psychology.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Metropolitan Books. 768 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 05 2017

Crews comes to bury Freud, not to praise him, and he does so convincingly. Impressively well-researched, powerfully written, and definitively damning.

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Reviewed by George Prochnik on Aug 14 2017

Paraphrasing Voltaire, if Freud didn’t exist, Frederick Crews would have had to invent him. In showing us a relentlessly self-interested and interminably mistaken Freud, it might be said he’s done just that.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Aram Bakshian Jr. on Oct 18 2017

The best remedy, writes Mr. Crews, “is just to display the record of Freud’s doings.” In “Freud: The Making of an Illusion” he does so, strapping Sigmund Freud to his own couch with devastating results.

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