A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple PersonaIity Disorder

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Hachette Books, Feb 5, 2013 - Psychology - 304 pages
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The harrowing, insightful, and courageous account of a prominent man's struggle with multiple personalities

Robert Oxnam was a high-profile, successful man: A renowned scholar and president of the Asia Society, he appeared frequently on television and traveled the world as a sought-after expert. But what the millions of people who'd seen him didn't know -- what even those closest to him didn't know -- was that Oxnam suffered from multiple personality disorder. It was only after an intervention staged by family and friends, in response to frequent blackouts and episodic rages assumed to be alcohol-driven, that he sought treatment with Dr. Jeffery Smith; the first of his eleven personalities emerged in a session in 1990. After years of treatment, he has integrated them into three: Robert, Wanda, and Bobby, who take turns narrating this remarkable, unprecedented chronicle.

Praise for A Fractured Mind

“A vivid narrative path into the recesses of one man’s mind.” —The New York Times

“I was privileged to be among the first he trusted with his secret. A Fractured Mind is a story I urged him to tell.” —Jane Pauley

“Provides valuable insight into a courageous man’s struggle.” —Publishers Weekly

“A remarkable life that, for all its successes, took great personal courage to survive and to publicly record.” —Booklist

Robert B. Oxnam is internationally recognized as an outstanding Asia specialist and dynamic speaker. He often accompanies prominent Americans—such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, former President George H.W. Bush, and Barbara Bush—as they seek in-depth, firsthand knowledge of China. For more than a decade, he was president of the Asia Society, which has headquarters in New York, across the United States, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has hosted the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour specials on Asia. He is married to Vishakha Desai.

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I have scored this book a bit low not beause of the content or the writing of this book, just that it was different from what I was hoping to read. I was looking for more of a take from another person ... Read full review

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I picked up this book to add to my ever growing collection of first account stories of mental illness. The book is not difficult to read, but comes off as somewhat juvenile in content. Obviously, the ... Read full review

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Robert B. Oxnam is internationally recognized as an outstanding Asia specialist and dynamic speaker. He often accompanies prominent Americans--such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush--as they seek in-depth, firsthand knowledge of China. For more than a decade he was president of the Asia Society, which has headquarters in New York, across the United States, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has hosted MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour specials on Asia. He lives in New York with his wife, Vishakha Desai.

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