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Escape of Sigmund Freud Hardcover – March 29, 2012
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"A tantalizing exploration of Freud's escape from Vienna . . . [Cohen's] writing is passionate, sometimes wry, and always gripping." — Independent
"The author illuminates the reasons for his facts carefully and clearly . . . An illuminating look at the end of the life of a giant of psychology." — Kirkus Reviews
"A very quirky, highly entertaining biography of Sigmund Freud..engrossing"
"Cohen's scrupulous research will interest historians of interwar intellectual life and Freud's later years. An appendix guides readers to who-is-who in the extended family, for Freud was obsessively loyal and devoted to a set of confusingly numerous relations."
About the Author
David Cohen is a writer, filmmaker, and psychologist. His books include Psychologists on Psychology and biographies of the therapist Carl Rogers and of John B. Watson, the founder of behaviorism. His films include When Holly Went Missing and The Pleasure Principle. He lives in London.
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If you are looking for details on Freud's books/beliefs than you may be interested in this book. However, if you are after a purely engrossing historical narrative about escaping the Nazis, I would look elsewhere.
Germany could have made the world much worse in the twentieth century if it had been able to impose its will in the ways that Nietzsche and Freud feared. American culture is a form of denial of the number of books that have been produced by people who share some insights gained by Nietzsche and Freud. Religion is one form such denial takes. Freud was eager to have an English translation of Moses and Monotheism published before he died in September, 1939, so the most interesting time in the book for me follows the operation of September, 1938, when Freud was able to resume seeing patients, but a later operation was botched, Freud's doctor went to America before a visa expired in April, 1939, and Freud finished An Outline of Psychoanalysis, in which military metaphors for ego "States of conflict and turbulence alone can further our knowledge." (p.221).
Transference works for me and rock and roll as endless recapitulations of my year in Vietnam and a week I spent in Cambodia in May, 1970. I was worried about being drafted 30 years after Freud had an operation for cancer of the jaw. Analysis is best as "a safe space where one can play, pretend, and explore possibilities." (p. 223). Freud was hoping for control of "our chaotic, aggressive, and destructive impulses, to some extent at least. Self-knowledge is power." (p. 222). My shrink told me I was the most intelligent person he had ever met because I was sharing intuitive knowledge of how subjectively active evil genius theory using humor of the Vietnam War to see how pornography of power works could reeducate others "to create humans in his own image" (p. 222) as much as Freud wanted to.