Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection

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Perseus Publishing, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In this meticulously researched and masterfully written book, Pulitzer Prize-winner Deborah Blum examines the history of love through the lens of its strangest unsung hero: a brilliant, fearless, alcoholic psychologist named Harry Frederick Harlow. Pursuing the idea that human affection could be understood, studied, even measured, Harlow (1905-1981) arrived at his conclusions by conducting research-sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrible-on the primates in his University of Wisconsin laboratory. Paradoxically, his darkest experiments may have the brightest legacy, for by studying "neglect" and its life-altering consequences, Harlow confirmed love's central role in shaping not only how we feel but also how we think. His work sparked a psychological revolution. The more children experience affection, he discovered, the more curious they become about the world: Love makes people smarter. The biography of both a man and an idea, The Measure of Love is a powerful and at times disturbing narrative that will forever alter our understanding of human relationships.

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Detailed historical research and beautiful writing... - Goodreads
It was, however, hard to read in bits. - Goodreads
An easy, entertaining, and educational read. - Goodreads
Great book about Harry and his theories and research. - Goodreads
Blum's writing is wonderful. - Goodreads
A lot of his research takes place here in Madison. - Goodreads

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This is the first book I added to my Amazon Wish List back at the dawn of the 21st century after hearing Blum interviewed on NPR, and while it took me a while to finally get to it, the payoff was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Desole - Goodreads

Because of the time period covered, this biography manages to cover most of the 20th century "professionals" approach to child-rearing. At the beginning of the century, as the field of psychology was ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Deborah Blum is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin and Vice President of the National Association of Science Writers. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her newspaper reporting about primate experiments and ethics, the subject of her acclaimed first book, The Monkey Wars.

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