Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes

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G.P. Putnam, 1996 - Psychology - 306 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, James Gilligan examines the epidemic foremost in the minds of most Americans--violence. As he tells the stories of the men he treated at a hospital for the criminally insane, Dr. Gilligan traces the devastating links between violence and shame. He shows how that deadly emotion drives people to destroy others and even themselves rather than suffer a loss of self-respect.

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Setting aside the fact I was literally looking forward to reading this for years after reading the chapter on the book's central argument, there's a lot of excellent things to be said about Gilligan's ... Read full review


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James Gilligan has been on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1965. He has served as a consultant and advisor to Tony Blair and the Law Lords in the UK; the International Criminal Tribune for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague; the American Bar Association and many state legislatures, sheriffs' departments and police comissioners. He is the author of Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and its Causes.

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