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

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Basic Books, Oct 2, 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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Well written, highly readable true crime with great characterization. A clash of two cultures that leads to murder. Horrible cover that does this book a grave injustice. Read full review

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Wow. What a fantastic read. So glad that I did love this book. The way it is written, how the suspension in the book gets higher and higher for us readers. love it. Highly recommend and not only for true crime readers. It reads like fiction.Could not put it down. Read full review

Contents

Love Airborne
1
The Invention of Harry Harlow
7
Untouched by Human Hands
31
The Alpha Male
61
The Curiosity Box
89
The Nature of Love
113
The Perfect Mother
143
Chains of Love
171
The Baby in the Box
207
Cold Hearts and Warm Shoulders
231
Love Lessons
257
Extreme Love
291
Notes
309
Index
327
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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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