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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (225 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Kerr Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1907 Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung began what promised to be both a momentous collaboration and the deepest friendship of each man’s life. Six years later they were bitter antagonists, locked in a savage struggle that was as much personal and emotional as it was theoretical and professional. In between them stood a young woman named Sabina Spielrein, who had been both patient and lover to Jung and colleague and confidante to Freud before going on to become an innovative psychoanalyst herself. Drawing on years of research (and a cache of recently discovered documents), this mesmerizing book reconstructs the fatal triangle of Freud, Jung, and Spielrein. It encompasses clinical method and politics, hysteria and anti-Semitism, sexual duplicity and intellectual brilliance wielded as blackmail. Learned, humane, and impossible to put down, A Most Dangerous Method is intellectual history with the narrative power and emotional impact of great tragedy. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Both a superb cultural history and a gripping narrative…A model—and daring—work…Anyone interested in the life of the mind will be richer for reading it.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Kerr is clever and thorough, ingenious and reasonable. He orders an enormous amount of material…His overall picture is convincing and in many ways highly surprising.”

    Independent (London)

  • “This exciting study sheds much new light on the vexed Jung-Freud partnership and on the current status of psychoanalysis.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kerr has written a fascinating history of psychoanalysis focusing on its origin as a clinical method of psychotherapy.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kasey N'her | 2/16/2014

    " Reads like a very long thesis. Its not a novel, do not expect conversation, depictions of place and time, etc. This book, while fascinating, can be a difficult read for those without prior knowledge of a theoretical base in psychology and previous practice at reading and deciphering research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by M. | 2/8/2014

    " Personal politics/philosophy as science with a side of spanking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Daniel Farabaugh | 2/1/2014

    " I just cannot continue reading this book. The back and forth between the two protagonists is not particularly engaging and the author fails to put this into a larger context. I still really do not know what the role of the woman is in the whole story. It has just degenerated into a series of minutia from letters written back and forth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clare | 1/12/2014

    " Having seen the movie I now must know how much was fact and how much fiction. However, had I known (before ordering online) there were 511 pages of small print to navigate, I would have been willing to stay in the dark....this is certainly going to take some getting through and likely to stay "currently-reading" for some time to come. "

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About the Author

John Kerr was trained as a clinical psychologist at New York University. He is an editor at the Analytic Press, a scholarly press specializing in works on psychoanalysis, and was coeditor and a contributor to Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis. He divides his time between Boston and New York City.