Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $1.86 (12%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Breaking Down the Wall of... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: This copy appears to be in nearly new condition. Free State Books. Never settle for less.
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

Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth Paperback – January 1, 1997

15 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.14
$1.67 $0.01

"Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings"
Discover simple yet powerful ways to foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings using hands-on, research-based advice. Learn more
$13.14 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth + The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, Revised Edition + For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
Price for all three: $34.18

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The culture that ignores roots of hatred and tyranny embedded in its own childrearing traditions, warns Miller, renders itself ripe for payback. Her analyses of the likes of Hitler and Nicolae Ceausescu lend epic significance to her point. Her disclosure of her own abuse gives her plea for truth a potent intimacy that brings the issue home to us all. She calls on society at large to condemn poisonous methods of discipline and, with the eloquence of a survivor, points the way to a liberating awareness for victims whose past still exerts a devastating grip. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A curiously defensive work, continuing the author's studies on child abuse and how it molds tyrants. Miller (Banished Knowledge, 1990, etc.) is both prolific (this is her third book in two years) and eloquent in her continuing indictment of parents who abuse their children and societies that tolerate such behavior. Generally, she speaks most directly to the traditional pattern of German families, where the father is tyrant, and the punishment is ``for your own good'' (the title of one of her books). From this pattern are bred fascist leaders like Hitler and Stalin. She now adds Ceausescu of Romania, with a convincing analysis of the childhood that produced a man who could warehouse babies. No doubt an analysis of Saddam Hussein will follow. It is troublesome, however, that this book seems to be a vehicle to get back at her critics. Miller lashes out at the media and the psychoanalytic establishment for minimizing her theories, using the same kind of circular reasoning that she says psychoanalysts use: You can't face the truth because you can't face the truth. Choppy and disjointed, full of Miller quoting herself, and best saved only for those collecting the complete Alice Miller. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452011736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452011731
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
And I do not say such things lightly. As a survivor of childhood abuse her books have helped me understand myself so much and helped me heal myself and be my OWN compassionate witness. I think her books should be required reading in junior high schools so that these young adults will learn they DO NOT have to repeat the mistakes of the adults around them if they ever have children themselves and also help them realize just how much damage has been done to them (if any) in the name of a 'proper upbringing' or out and out abuse.
These books are not easy reading especially if you have been abused yourself but they are WORTH IT! Alice Miller's books have helped me make myself a better and *healthier* person.
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
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MARY ANN AMADORA, MSCP on July 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Never before have I read words that were so profound. Dr. Miller is the bravest and most courageous person since Dr.Seigmond Freud. He too, had been rebuked by all his medical peers, yet he had the answer dead correct. Women who had experienced sexual hysteria as young adults had been indeed sexually violated as a children.
Dr. Alice Miller has indeed shed new light to where evil and abuse is created. We are still in the Dark Ages of how truly one is effected by pain, abandonment, neglect, threats, ritualistic beatings, isolation, spankings, intimidating looks, witnessing abuse and horror,lost, frightened, screams not answered, not comforted and so on as a newborn and throughout his formative years.
The irony is, we as a society will not and can not take responsibility of our own creation of evil and hatred due to ignorance, arrogance and denial.
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
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Raina26 on October 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to anyone that hasn't read Alice Miller. I think this is her best, most accessible, most on target books to date. She writes from personal experience not just theory and her 'training" and it is compelling.
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
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dr. Alice Miller is to be commended for her never-ending work, and delving, into the deep, dark, limitless oceans of the un-worked through human mind, the last, and Ignored, Frontier. Her courage in facing the Truth and revealing it, ONLY to the WILLING reader, is to be genuinely admired. This Society owes her a great debt in her courage in facing her own personal truth and revealing the DEVASTATING FACTS about children in the hands of merciless, conscienceless, violent, justifying "adults". The reason this society appears such a mess is because of the very adults this WONDERFUL writer describes, as they raise the children we will face as adults, in our daily lives. If every parent on Earth were as conscious, honest, courageous and kind as Dr. Alice Miller, this planet would be The Paradise we all Pray for.
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
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By DOROTHY on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It is a painful but fulfilling experience to stop telling lies to oneself - to face life without deception and illusion, to constantly question yourself and those close to you, quite simply - to live consciously and meaningfully and to accept your past as it truly was. Love and relationships can't help but win over money, sex and power!
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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mizbehaves on June 7, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A book designed to provide the reader with the tools he or she needs to talk with someone about shameful experiences or memories of those experiences.

Miller is unique in her writings because she is always on the side of the child, either the actual child or the child that still resides within us.
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
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mwlr on August 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Alice Miller writes excellently and passionately. Both professionals and non-professionals ought to be inspired and enlightened by reading this book. It deals with the significance of repressed childhood traumas as they, unless identified and the affected individuals properly treated in psychotherapy, tend to perpetuate future generations of child maltreatment and abuse. "Poisonous pedagogy" is a central theme. Politicians, lawmakers, healthcare professionals and parents must increase their awareness about this urgent, still mysteriously neglected, issue.
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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cerinto on October 18, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Alice Miller was a genius. She had the courage to shed light where others do not wished to know and preferred to ignore the issue. God bless her.
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

Most Recent Customer Reviews