Victims of Memory: Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives

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Upper Access, 1996 - Psychology - 635 pages
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Each year, more than a million Americans are convinced by their therapists that their childhoods were not as happy as they thought - that they harbored repressed memories of horrendous abuse by their parents, other relatives, and even satanic cults. Their identities are destroyed, their pasts rewritten, and their families are torn apart. Several books have been written about this strange phenomenon, some of them very good, but Pendergrast's has been consistently acclaimed by reviewers as the most comprehensive, balanced, and readable coverage of the topic. Originally published in 1995, the book was so highly received that a second edition came out just a year later. Among the publications that have given high praise to this book are Scientific American, New York Review of Books, Booklist, the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of the Aerican Medical Association, Psychological Reports, and the Montreal Gazette.

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On the heels of On the Myth of Repressed Memory (LJ 8/94), Making Monsters (Scribner, 1994), and Return of the Furies (LJ 9/15/94), this latest entry on "false memory syndrome" is the most readable to ... Read full review

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A business journalist, born in Atlanta and is a graduate of Harvard Univ.

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