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Publisher's Summary

In this groundbreaking audiobook, a leading clinical psychiatrist redefines how we think about and treat victims of trauma. A "stunning achievement" that remains a "classic for our generation" (Bessel van der Kolk, MD, author of The Body Keeps the Score).

Trauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. 

Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most important psychiatry works to be published since Freud", Trauma and Recovery is essential listening for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.

©2015 Judith L. Herman (P)2019 Basic Books

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  • 2020-04-19

Recommended for Social Workers and Psychologist

I loved this book. I high recommend anyone who wants to work as a therapist. Also, this book is great for someone who wants to work with people who have experienced childhood trauma, veterans with PTSD, individuals who have lived through sexual assault or domestic violence. I high recommend this book for social work and psychology students either at the bachelor or masters level. It might benefit the students at a higher level of education more than at a lower level of education. A people could reread this book as it is educational, interesting, and inspiring.

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  • Christy Hunt
  • 2020-06-22

a must read for counselors

This book along with The Body Keeps The Score are necessary resources for those who work in helping and healing professions. Trauma is pervasive and this book thoroughly covers it all.

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  • Inner Sense
  • 2021-08-20

A must for everyone!!

This brilliant book kindly held my hand while blowing my mind.

I was pleasantly surprised to find it an academic yet highly accessible read, & for the first time I witnessed the fully fleshed out struggles, confusion, pain, gas lighting of myself & others who continue to suffer horrific experiences in seeking help from therapists & institutions that claim to offer it. Equal vigor is given to the success stories of those greatly benefited by quality support. Such instances well observed the many lessons learned from the ongoing pitfalls in the so called grey areas of the gulf between ‘great’ & ‘awful’ care, in my opinion.

This book gives a clear, concise, honest, well researched explanation on the subject of Trauma & Recovery from many angles. It explains what Trauma is, how & why it occurs, how it is & was treated
in the past through to the present day, with great insight on our future endeavors to heal from such complex events, linking our private & personal terrors to the wider landscape of society, including of course - the political.

This is an excellent read & is well narrated. I’m eternally grateful for having found such a gem, & loved it so much I’m about to read it again.

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  • Ama
  • 2021-02-24

Wow

This book is incredibly written and difficult to read. Recommended for all clinicians regardless of your population.

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  • Melissa Czechowski
  • 2022-05-20

Enlightening Read

This was a thorough, well-written in-depth look into the different aspects of trauma! Definitely an essential read for any survivor living with PTSD/CPTSD.

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  • Angie
  • 2022-03-03

Thorough and well written

Heavily focuses on violence against women and children, which is important and very prevalent. Although it does address combat veterans with PTSD, readers looking for that focus may not feel military PTSD is as represented as they’re hoping for.

The “performance” was okay. There were quite a few mispronounced words.

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 2021-10-30

first part was great 👍

I felt so identified and understood so many things. Moreover, helped me connect the dots. however, second part was just fine. Perhaps is better to read it or if they include a PDF with certain exercises or examples. And the epilogue was ok. I was recommended this book in a webinar about trauma and intervention. It's worth the purchase if you want to understand more about trauma.

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  • Lenzy Gilles
  • 2021-02-18

Too slow for me

After listening for a few hours I realized how the story seemed to drag on and on. I did not care for the book.

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  • Superbaby
  • 2021-06-20

Very interesting

I deeply recommend this book to anyone who either works or wants to understand trauma recovery. The audio version is very comfortable to listen to. I already purchased the printed because some information can be used in practice.