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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425087840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425087848
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F.Cosson [troncens@earthlink.net ] on March 13, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in 88 after my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and so much is similar to what I have lived. My husband and my other son did not understand why I was protecting him, they were reacting like the doctors the Hinkleys have seen before everything broke loose. I knew he was sick, and I did what Mrs Hinkley did. We have progressed in the field of mental illness, but there is still so much to be done. I wish all parents of mentally disabled people could share their pain. Go to A.M.I.' I know this not a true review of the book, but the book is a true review of the pain we suffer. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edollardeals on November 20, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thought this one would be dull but it's incredibly interesting, the story of an average American family and the trials of discovering their son's mental illness. Worth reading!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Vargo on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
John Hinkley Jr.

It's a famous name that brings up wells of negative emotions for most Americans. The name is almost Mudd in this country. After all, John Hinkley shot President Reagan and four others, wounding one so seriously he could not recover to his normal life. He is easily one of the most hated lving persons.

When I received this book as a donation, I was afraid it was going to be a whiny complaint against those people who protested against his Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity defense. Instead, it was a chronology of John's mental illness and his parents' struggle to deny, then accept, that their son was not just immature, he was sick.

I could really feel for the parents and John's siblings while reading this. Stuck with an incomprehensibly disfunctional brother, they did absolutely everything wrong, trying to force John to achieve at the level of their expectations. What could be worse for the upper-middle-class family image and the family business than a son who couldn't finish college and become a high-achiever himself? In this book, you can feel the frustration they had against John, the compassion the mother wanted to feel, the anger of the father for the son he considered lazy and too dependent. Over and over when they should have recognized that something was wrong, they chose denial. Over and over when they should have sought help, they chose to close ranks and pretend everything was going to be okay. John kept telling his parents in various, non-confronational ways that he knew he was ill, but they chose to believe that he was gold-bricking. He responded by creating two separate fantasy lives, one that would please his parents and one that would lead him to Washington DC to shoot the President.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rauch on January 21, 2012
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Excellent book describing John Hinckley Jr.'s lifestyle and odd behavior he exhibited before attempting to assassinate President Reagan. The book details how Hinckley descended into a world of delusion and how he took on characteristics of fictional characters because he was unable to find his own true identity, if one even existed. His fixation with actress Jodie Foster bolsters his parent's argument that he was indeed living in a fantasy world, unable to tell the difference between movie characters and fictional situations and the real world. Truly informative with many details about how the Hinckley family suffered enormously. The book also will make you review your own identity and how much the reader may also realize how fictional characters in movies or books influence all our lives. A must read. I recommend viewing the movie "Taxi Driver" to help put many of the books' details into perspective.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very thought-provoking and insightful book by JH's parents who were so naive about mental illness. Sadly, so was our society at the time.

Months before Jr. attempted to kill Regan, the parents sent him to a psychiatrist for an evaluation ... only to be told by his psychiatrist that their son was simply "very immature". .. had the psychiatrist adequately diagnosed John Jr., there probably never would have been shots in Washington DC that fateful day in 1981.

the book is also a "wake up" call about Americans' fear and understanding of mental illness.

I grew up w John Jr. from elementary school through high school and remember his sister being in our house. When he attempted to kill Regan, I felt "scared to death" bc mental illness had been so close and prevalent in my world unbeknowst to me. I understood their socio-economic world.

The book taught me about mental illness and reeled fears and confusion...it is a worthwhile read.
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