Judith Friedlander, PhD., Dean of the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, New School for Social Research
James Gilligan has written a stunning book about violence. As a psychiatrist who has spent twenty-five years of his professional life treating men who committed murder, Gilligan draws poignantly on his work with prisoners to help us understand what motivates desperate men. In the end, he offers a compelling psychoanalytic explanation of violence while calling on society to take social, economic and cultural measures to help prevent the 'deadly epidemic' from spreading.
Donald J. Cohen, M.D., Director, Yale Child Study Center
Dr. Gilligan offers a personal and passionate summing up of his decades of empathic clinical work with men who have committed horrible crimes, and he succeeds in deepening our understanding of their inner lives, the dark world of prisons they inhabit, and the violence that pervades... society.
Owen Renik, M.D., editorPsychoanalytic Quarterly
Extraordinary. Gilligan's recommendations concerning what does work to prevent violence...are extremely convincing...A wise and careful, enormously instructive book.
Norval Morris, Boston Globe, former Dean of University of Chicago Law School
Important and absorbing...a valuable book deserving a widespread and thoughtful readership.