Buy Used
$10.40
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream: A Forensic Psychiatrist Illuminates the Darker Side of Human Behavior Hardcover – January 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0880486880 ISBN-10: 0880486880 Edition: 1st

Used
Price: $10.40
11 New from $27.25 22 Used from $3.59 2 Collectible from $19.95
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$27.25 $3.59
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Association; 1st edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880486880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880486880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

...Simon's fascinating book surely is a scintillating contribution to the literature on human behavior -- Leo Uzych, J.D., M.P.H., Wallingford, PA, in The American Journal of Psychiatry

About the Author

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Program in Psychiatry and Law, at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He has been a practicing psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist for over 30 years. Dr. Simon has authored or edited 10 other books for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals on topics in psychiatry and the law. He has also published numerous papers on civil and criminal matters, including a study of 33 murderers. Dr. Simon is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry. In 1993, he received the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law honoring outstanding contributions to the literature on forensic psychiatry. He was also the recipient of the 1994 American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Seymour Pollack Award in recognition of distinguished contributions to the teaching and educational functions of forensic psychiatry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

If Sarah said no, he would call out a personality who would say yes.
Sheila M. Berry
Parts of this casebook are interesting but the Author has a tendency to repeat his title so frequently that I wonder if he is too preoccupied with self-promotion.
Ghostgum
Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream is a fascinating and well researched account of mankind's capacity for evil.
lise van susteren

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robert Irving, Ph.D. on August 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
...[T]his book has four or five chapters of differing criminal
behaviors (the serial murderer, the sexual deviant) told in
sensational stories with little serious discussion of the the
psychological basis or reasoning of why bad men do what good men
dream. In fact, the question of why bad men DO what good men dream is
never seriously examined. In fact, there is little, if any,
illuination of the causes or understanding of psychopathic behavior.
If this is a topic that interests you, you're much better off with
Charles Patrick Ewing's work or Henry Steadman.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Liza H. Gold MD on September 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Robert I Simon's book Bad Med Do What Good Men Dream is an erudite and readable treatment of one of the knottiest questions in the history of humanity: what separates good men from bad men? Dr. Simon has applied his vast experience in clinical and forensic psychiatry to illuminate the similarities and differences between those who demonstrate remarkable psychopathology and "normal" people. He has explored the spectrum of violent and horrifying behavior, from killer cults to serial murderers to workplace violence, and provided a thoughtful discussion of the difficulties of identifying the good and evil inside us and around us. As a forensic psychiatrist, I found this book enlightening, thought provoking and well written. I highly recommend it to any professional or lay student of human nature.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sheila M. Berry on October 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was particularly interested in Chapter 8's account of what was called the "Oshkosh MPD rape case" at the time, because I was the victim advocate in the case. Sarah and her Others lived with my family and me for almost two months after hounding by the media precipitated a suicide attempt. I knew her/them well, and I know the facts of the case well.

Yes, the kindly neighbor testified that he explained Sarah's multiple personalities to Mark, a 32-year-old grocery bagger, while he waited to take Sarah on a date. Yes, Mark was convicted. But Mark never served a day in prison. Two months after he was found guilty, his conviction was vacated. Why? Because the kindly neighbor had been having sex with Sarah for over a year. If Sarah said no, he would call out a personality who would say yes. And he never explained anything to Mark, who probably couldn't have understood it in the first place.

The fact that Mark's conviction was vacated was widely reported. It is public record and easily accessible. Failure to fact-check something so significant is an error of such magnitude that it calls into question all the other assertions in the book. How many others are similarly misreported here?

Incidentally, there is one key player in this who went to prison -- the District Attorney. He's serving 7 years in federal prison for taking bribes to fix cases.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By lise van susteren on August 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream is a fascinating and well researched account of mankind's capacity for evil. Written by a forensic psychiatrist with years of clinical experience examining the human mind, the book not only provides the theoretical underpinnings of the subject, it provides the seasoned observer's inside account of what makes us "tick". In the humanist's tradition, it recognizes that dark thoughts are latent in all of us. Dr. Simon has produced a highly educational and riveting read without ever lapsing into the usual pomposity or sensationalism often found in writings on this topic. Readers will enjoy the many thought provoking discussions not only about why we do the things we do, but about what separates "good" people from "bad".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Holmes VINE VOICE on September 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The artist Paul Gauguin once said that "life being what it is, one dreams of revenge." In "Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream," Dr. Robert Simon explains that all people have "bad dreams"--thoughts of suicide, or revenge, or crime--but only a very few cross the line from bad dream to bad action.
This book explores the nebulous borderline between what people think and what they do. The topics covered include serial killing, workplace violence, multiple personality disorder, killer cults, suicide, sexual misconduct by professional caregivers, rape, stalking and pyschopathic behavior.
In each area, Dr. Simon's analysis shows just how complex and surprising the human mind can be. Even apparently straightforward questions, such as whether a given criminal is likely to be dangerous in the future, or whether a "suicide" is actually an accident, turn out to be very hard to answer.
At times, Dr. Simon's style is a bit academic, but on the whole he writes clearly and does a good job of covering a wide range of complex issues.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Cannon on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love the idea behind the book: that everyone has a bit of whatever it is that makes a criminal a criminal in them. But the fact-checking is *horrible*. There are so many errors and, well, just made up stuff!

Other reviewers have pointed out some of them. Just one more example that I noticed: under the heading of Group Rape in Ch. 4, the author states "Perhaps the most notorious gang rape was that of the Central Park jogger [...] Her attackers were eventually put on trial and convicted." Well, sort of. Yes, a group of men were convicted, but later their convictions were vacated!

There were other statements that were presented as accepted fact that I'm sure have either been disproved or are controversial. Just sloppy research.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?