The Way It Turned Out: A Memoir

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CRC Press, Sep 5, 2012 - Medical - 478 pages

Spanning seven decades, this memoir is an account of the life of Herant Katchadourian on three continents: The Middle East, Europe, and the United States. While the memoir is highly distinctive, the issues the author focuses on have many features that are common with other people’s lives, such as the role of chance and the reconstruction of past events in the light of the present. The book is the account of a fascinating life that is not only interesting to read but instructive by placing the various stages and facets of life in their historical and cultural contexts.


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Herant Katchadourian’s extraordinary life as a distinguished teacher and administrator has spanned seven decades lived on three continents. In this memoir, Katchadourian masterfully narrates his story from start to finish, bridging his childhood in the fascinating, complex city of Beirut to his later life in the culture of northern California. He calls on his expert knowledge of history to contextualize personal events in his life and brings his training as a psychiatrist to focus on timeless questions such as the role of chance in life and the reconstruction of past events in the light of the present.

A gifted teacher who was nominated seven times as Outstanding Professor and Class Day Speaker during his long career at Stanford University, Katchadourian revels in the joys of storytelling. His talent for pedagogy and his gift for the well-crafted anecdote infuse the book with the breadth of cultural dimensions and the depth of psychological insights. This immensely readable and instructive memoir takes the reader through the unlikely, moving, and often hilarious turns in Katchadourian’s life, showing how The Way it Turned Out is hardly the way anyone would have guessed it to be.

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