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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 1, 1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374502684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374502683
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wilhelm Reich, a native of Austria, was born in 1897. His many works include Listen, Little Man!, Character Analysis, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism. He died in 1957.

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Taufiq on April 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ignore the dismissive comments of Tony Thomas regarding orgonomy. He says that it doesn't resemble science, but not all sciences have been discovered yet. Reich attempted to study a phenomena which had no established means of observation, and when he couldn't cure cancer quickly enough, was treated worse than any scientist since the Renaissance, perhaps. Because of this, you'll hear a lot of people with views based on the propaganda released when the government sought agreement from their supporters to deny Reich his rights. These layman will never claim to possess evidence that his work is mumbo jumbo, because saying that he was a crazy communist is much more effective propaganda.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on November 14, 2005
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In this book you can read about revolutionary attempts to build camps for "deliquent" children in the early pre-Stalinization Soviet Union. In this book, you can learn the importance of the fight of young people for healthy sexual activity, and the negative neurotic damage done by this society's anti-sexual repression. You can read this in relatively short articles Reich wrote on a variety of topics collected here under this name.

This book is the most approachable introduction to Reich's positive contributions on the role of sexuality in capitalist society, on destruction of compulsory sex morality, and about what a new freer less pathological world would be like. Most of his other books were reedited in the 1940s and 1950s and smothered with the mumbo jumbo of his "orgone biopathy" theories. These theories were more of an expression of Reich's mental breakdown under the hammer blows of Stalinism, Fascism, and Americanism, than anything resembling science.

Perhaps this book has less of that because almost all of Reich's works were banned by the US government during the 1950s through the late 1960s. This was the first one of his books legally published (I remember reading bootleg editions of his work before then) after that ban and might have less of that stuff for that reason. Whatever people misremember about the 1960s, it was quite revolutionary to see this book with this author and this title in bookstores in 1968!

If you have never read Reich, or if you have been turned off by the insanity of orgone theory, this will be a pleasant surprise.
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By Josh on May 8, 2014
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This is a book that stuck around with me for awhile, but I ended up letting it go. It tends to have very scientific language and is not an easy read. This is a dense book. But, it does make up for that with very intelligent discussion by Dr. Reich. It is a must read for sure.
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