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A World Without Tears: The Case of Charles Rothenberg Hardcover – August 11, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0275936938 ISBN-10: 0275936937

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (August 11, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275936937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275936938
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,364,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a superficial analysis of a child-abuse case in which a father set fire to his six-year-old son in Buena Park, Calif., in 1983--resulting in near-fatal burns and disfigurement--Gaynor, president of the National Burn Victims Foundation, Evangelical pastor Wilson and prison psychologist Savicky attribute Rothenberg's act to low self-esteem and a flawed conscience resulting from his deprived childhood. Stealing and forging checks, he sought to "buy" affection while claiming, in a self-serving account excerpted here, that the money was needed to answer family obligations. The guilt-ridden born-again Christian father further justifies what he describes as a failed double suicide as an effort to spare his son the trauma of being taken from him by a shrewish wife and mother. After serving seven years in prison, Rothenberg has been paroled.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Child abuse is a growing national social problem. Solutions must be found for the sake of children who are victims of parental violence, leaving them physically and emotionally scarred, and sometimes dead. . . . Everyone interested in the safety, health, and welfare of children should read A World Without Tears: The Case of Charles Rothenberg."-Cary Edwards former Attorney General of the State of New Jersey

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
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I think the book did an excellent review of an interesting case. The authors insite into the background of the "burn abuser" was the best i have ever seen.
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