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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent information poorly delivered

Imagine a passionate orator delivering a speech she had not written nor read beforehand. Example: "All of these steps MUST be taken in ORDER (pause) to complete the project." It might have been good for me, however, because I was required to pay close attention.

Trauma and Recovery gave me a deeper understanding of and compassion for victims of violence. It was very helpful that the author describes PTSD and applies it to not only war survivors but also to rape, insest and domestic abuse victims.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent book for survivors!

As a 36 year old survivor of chronic childhood sexual abuse/incest this book has been able to help me be able to recognize that a lot of what I still experience in daily life is a consequence of unresolved trauma, trauma that I thought I had successfully worked through. It's helped me understand the process of healing and realize that the work never truly is finished and that there will be times In life unresolved issues will presents them self and that's normal. It's helped me be able to understand a lot of my behavior and why I have them and what I can do to work through the issues causing them. A must read/listen for any survivor motivated to continue working on trauma related issues or survivors who have unanswered questions or even unexplained symptoms.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Should Be Required Reading... for Everyone

This book is so incredible, I can't believe it's nearly 20 years old and I had never heard of it before.

After recently finishing the Army's Sexual Harrassment/Assualt Reponse Program (SHARP) Victim Advocate course, I decided I needed to get some more perspective prior to actually talking to a victim of sexual assault. This one happened to be on the $4.95 special so I figured it was worth a chance. Ms. Herman has created such a powerful presentation showing the similarities of all post traumatic events that I'm stunned the Army doesn't have this book as required reading for all Soldiers, addressing both our returning combat veterans as well as our disgustingly high amount of sexual assault victims.

I was so impressed with this book from the first chapter that I recommended it to my SHARP supervisors before even getting to the deep psychological juxtaposing of trauma victims. Although I've deployed several times, I myself haven't been affected by combat trauma or sexual assault but have witnessed friends and family responses to it; I hope never to have that experience but I hope this inside look will help others I talk with.

I do take exception with Ms. Herman's tacit indictment of all combat veterans suffering from PTSD as "committing atrocities". While that might be the case with some of her case studies, only discussing those Veterans is a disservice to all those who've served honorably and been subject to atrocities. For this reason I give only four stars despite the "required reading" status I believe should be for all military members.

Since the Army (and DoD) are taking the issue of sexual assault so seriously now, it seems that the "cultural change" they are looking for should start with understanding the victims point of view, especially as that perspective seems to be so similar to that of all traumatic events.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Historical Context

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

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Wow. I learned so much about myself

This has quickly become one of my favorite books on trauma, I have already recommended it to friends and even strangers. Judith has captured trauma so precisely I felt jarred back to reality on multiple occasions, remembering experiences I had forgotten, until she speaks the symptoms into words. I have learned so much through reading this book and feel truly more educated about myself, other victims and even our countries history of violence and it's aftermath of trauma.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worth the time

I'm not a fan of this style of reading but the information is very useful for anyone whose developing caring and compassion...

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superb

This book besides superb source of information a trauma and recovery,is a great source of inspiration for mental health professionals.

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Bible for the psychology of trauma

Great book, a bit heavy, but a must read for all psychotherapist and survivors of trauma.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful