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Why Women Want What They Can't Have: Why So Many Relationships Fail Paperback – December, 2003

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About the Author

Author, Psychology Professor, Private Practitioner

Author of Why Women Want What They Can't Have, and Fear Factors. Contributor to the new self-help book Help Kids Cope With Stress And Trauma authored by Carone B. Goode, David Russell and Tom Goode. Columnist and author of over 300 articles in Canadian and USA magazines. He also written several book reviews for Prentice-Hall Publishing Canada. Sacco helped to develop the new children’s electronic/card game Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.

He is an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY in the Teacher Education Program. Creator and instructor of the Criminal Psychology Program offered at Niagara College, Canada. He is also an instructor at McMaster University, Canada in the Addiction Studies Program and Police Foundations Study. Sacco is also an international lecturer on psychology/self-help related topics.

Sacco appears regularly on television and radio talk shows both in the United States and Canada. He also been the assistant producer and host of documentaries on relationships, psychological issues and child issues. Peter created the TV documentary series made for local television entitled "Parenting In The Millennium". Host of "Niagara Mental Health Matters" and Co-producer for the new television show set to air in Fall of 2004 entitled "The Criminal Mind".


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Bookman Publishing & Marketing (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594530688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594530685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,524,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter is an international self-help author and novelist published on 4 continents. He is radio talk show host of Mental Health Matters and host of the TV series Niagara's Most Haunted. He is also resident expert on many TV shows. Peter is the former Editor-in-Chief for Vices: The Magazine for Addictions, Habits and Well-Being. Peter is a psychology professor (specializing in addictions, relationships and criminal psychology) and former private practitioner. He resides in Niagara Falls, Canada.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marge on September 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to quickly say I picked up this book after I saw the author on television last month and was very impressed by what he said on tv. I have read the book twice and I strongly recommend this book to any woman, or man for that matter who has repeated failed, dysfunctional or even abusive relationships. Peter Sacco dissects why we keep picking the same type of people only to fail all over again.

I am a counselor residing in the San Diego area and work alot with abused women and couples in counseling. I also work as a relationship coach, mostly for women. I put this book right at the top of my recommendation list!

Good reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenrul on November 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am very disappointed with this book. Seems like a thesis he may have written when finishing grad school, something you would write in the 1970's. Should have been titled Men Can't Change. Filled with typo errors. To imagine I would have stopped reading in the first Chapter, but thought I should continue since I had been planning on taking a course in which this book is a requirement. Now I am wondering if this book is being used for this class, because he is the teacher. I am seriously considering no longer taking this class, since if this is the book they are using, I wouldn't feel I would be getting a college level education, but rather a highschool level education. Repetitive on the fact that men can't change and that society made them this way, and when men interpret women nagging, they go off and cheat on their wives. I find this to be an insult to women, and not a way of changing behavior. A repetitious and not well written book I was expecting for a college class -- but perhaps useful to someone who has absolutely 'no clue' to understanding themselves, or the men who can't communicate.

This is one of those books I would have loved to return and would have never bought at the store. Worse yet most of his book references date back from the 1900's to the 1960's some 70's and 80's few 90's. If you also include the fact that he uses two pages for a chapter title and two pages for a quote; with 17 chapters you'll have to deduct 68 pages from the actual number of pages of the book!

Although I cannot deny that in the midst of it all, there is a very thin silver lining, on the need for change, by women of course, because he won't change...

The book I'd recommend instead is Deborahh Tannen's "You Just Don't Understand; Women and Men in Conversation" an excellent book.
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