During his career, Menninger wrote a number of influential books. In his first book, The Human Mind, Menninger argued that psychiatry was a science and that the mentally ill were only slightly different than healthy individuals. In The Crime of Punishment, Menninger argued that crime was preventable through psychiatric treatment; punishment was a brutal and inefficient relic of the past. He advocated treating offenders like the mentally ill.
His subsequent books include The Vital Balance, Man Against Himself and Love Against Hate.
It took 60 years for the psychiatric community to catch up with this book, but it now is established as a brilliant contribution to understanding the persistence of potentially... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy G. McCaleb
this book is amazing. Every friend of mine that reads the summary tells me "wow, i want to buy this book", it's that good.Published 2 months ago by Matthew C.
I have to order a copy in much larger print. The copy I ordered is in such small print for these (old) eyes that I have had to put it down often, and reluctantly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clutter Bug
I first read this book in the 1950s a decade or so after Dr. Menninger wrote it. It is no less powerful and thought-provoking today than it was then. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Buck Meloy
I am an avid reader of history and the occasional self help book. That said this was uncharted territory. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Francis Giovanello
I love this book. Dr. Menninger had really good understanding of the human mind and how it works. I imagine that he helped many people throughout his career.Published 15 months ago by VeVe
I read this book over 30 years ago and to this day in 2013, it remains the most important book of my life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L. Smith