Ms Shlaes' 'Forgotten Man' is as forgotten today as back then, and in greater numbers than ever. Regrettably, fewer and fewer people are alive today to recall the great depression for the rest of us, and so this book is the best antidote to our collective amnesia.
The Forgotten Man is exceedingly fair and balanced, and to my mind neither political party comes off well, well-intentioned though they may have been.
Don't let those who snubbingly call the book "revisionist' fool you. It is history, plain and simple, only history that most Americans alive today neither recall nor wish to recall. The intellectual elite of the past are the same as those we have experimenting on us today. Only, back then they didn't have a great depression to learn from, making inexcusable the actions of today's brain trusts.
The numerous biographical sketches bring the times alive and making the book a double winner, both an excellent collection of fascinating biography as well as history.
I found the book a very quick listen, and now every headline I read in the paper, every piece of legislation that is passed, and all the exact same rhetoric we hear our leaders exhort takes on a whole new meaning.
I recommend Dr. Sarno and his work to anyone who suffers chronic pain of any kind.
A number of the case examples strike to the core. His explanation of TMS, and how it works is very clear.
That it is Dr. Sarno himself who reads the book that really makes it good. He has a kind but authoritative voice, and his concern for his patients is obvious.
I suggest listening to the book in conjunction with reading his other book, 'The Mind-Body Prescription'. As soon as you accept the truth of what he is saying, you will be free of pain. It worked for me after 20 years and having tried everything else.
I understand why some reviewers are skeptical, but they don't seem to grasp the basic concept, that it is the KNOWLEDGE of TMS that breaks the pain chain. Once you 'get it' you are free.
I recommend you keep a journal and really drill down into all the things that cause you anger, resentment, stress, and anxiety. Do so while keeping in mind the personality traits that often lend themselves to TMS. You'll be surprised how much gunk bubbles up. As you do this while considering everything Dr. Sarno speaks about, at some point the nickel drops, and you're home free.
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