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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror | [Judith Lewis Herman]

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Lewis Herman's volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism.
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Publisher's Summary

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Judith Lewis Herman's volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.

Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.

©1992; 1997 Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Herman links the public traumas of society to those of domestic life in this provocative work of psychiatric theory." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Wendy North York, ON, Canada 07-25-13
    Wendy North York, ON, Canada 07-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator sounds like they are trying to make every part of every sentence momentous. It is very difficult to listen to, as the pauses are in odd places at times, and there doesn't feel like there's a flow to the narrative.


    What was most disappointing about Judith Lewis Herman’s story?

    It seems to be mostly historical at this point, and I would have liked to have more current information.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jo Anna Perrin?

    I don't know


    Did Trauma and Recovery inspire you to do anything?

    It was hard to not skip areas of the book


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 02-01-12
    Pam 02-01-12
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    "Excellent book; poor performance"
    Where does Trauma and Recovery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Before retirement, I spent almost 30 years


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Excellent non-fiction. The quotations from trauma survivors, famous writers (e.g., ), and professional clinicians and researchers e.g., Bessel Van der Kolk) definitely increased the value of this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jo Anna Perrin’s performances?

    No. Not ever.


    Any additional comments?

    Please have this excellent book re-recorded.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J.Allert Maryland 06-29-14
    J.Allert Maryland 06-29-14
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    "dense and important"
    Where does Trauma and Recovery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in a different category from recreational reading. It's not meant to be "light reading" but more of a textbook of some density.


    What did you like best about this story?

    this is less of a story and more of an instruction manual to set the historical context of our understanding of trauma and how we apply this learning


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I had no problems with the narration. Frankly, too much animation and inflection would have seemed contrived. This isn't a topic that warrants "theatre". Those of us working in the field of trauma care get enough DRAMA; we don't need it manufactured for us.


    Any additional comments?

    I serve survivors of domestic human trafficking in a long-term residential setting. For this population, mostly dealing with complex trauma, this is a vital sourcebook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chantelle 02-02-12
    chantelle 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's very long I would have preferred abridged version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    What three words best describe Jo Anna Perrin’s voice?

    uninteresting, boring, text bookish voice


    Did Trauma and Recovery inspire you to do anything?

    inspired me to be very cautious about very long audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    overall I was glad I did not have to read the book cause it would have taken me a year to do so.the second half was best and I would have loved the abridged version

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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