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Freud: The Making of an Illusion

by Frederick Crews

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This is a fascinating and very readable exploration of a man and the myths that surround him. Crews' access to documents newly available from the Library of Congress puts this book in a realm beyond mere "Freud bashing." Central to Crews' thesis is that Freud desperately sought fame and fortune, never cured anyone, shamelessly promoted cocaine and was only one of many people exploring some of the same ideas - something that belies his reputation as a "pioneer."...[in progress] ( )
  dbsovereign | Jun 22, 2017 |
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However far human beings may reach with their knowledge, however objective they may seem to themselves to be: in the end they carry away nothing but their own biography.
        -- Friedrich Nietzsche
 
It's not a lie if you believe it.
      -- George Costanza, in Seinfeld
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For good friends and Freud scholars:
 
Malcolm Macmillan, who set the highest standard
 
Hans Israëls, who defied the censors
 
Allen Esterson, who has lived for truth
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Among historical figures, Sigmund Freud ranks with Shakespeare and Jesus of Nazareth for the amount of attention bestowed upon him by scholars and commentators.
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