Download Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Audiobook

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Audiobook, by Judith Lewis Herman Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Judith Lewis Herman, M.D., Judith Lewis Herman Narrator: Alison Mathews Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2019 ISBN: 9781549129483
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,749 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $25.98 Add to Cart
— or —
BEST PRICE!
FlexPass™ Price: $13.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In this groundbreaking audiobook, a leading clinical psychiatrist redefines how we think about and treat victims of trauma. A "stunning achievement" that remains a "classic for our generation." (Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., author of The Body Keeps the Score).


Trauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war.

Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most important psychiatry works to be published since Freud," Trauma and Recovery is essential listening for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.

Download and start listening now!

bf1o

Quotes & Awards

  • This book will surely become a landmark work on the social impact of psychological trauma and on its treatments.... A magnificent gift to survivors. Women's Review of Books
  • A stunning achievement ... a classic for our generation. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., author of The Body Keeps the Score
  • Herman's brilliant insights into the nature of trauma and the process of healing shine through in every page of this rich and compassionate book. Lenore Walker, ED.D., Director, Domestic Violence Institute, and author of Terrifying Love
  • A book of luminous intelligence. You must read it as soon as possible. Sophie Freud
  • Astute, accessible, and beautifully documented. Bridging the worlds of war veterans, prisoners of war, battered women, and incest victims, Herman presents a compelling analysis of trauma and the process of healing. A triumph. Laura Davis, coauthor of The Courage to Heal
  • Brilliant. Boston Globe
  • One of the most important psychiatric works to be published since Freud. New York Times
  • A landmark. Gloria Steinem
  • Herman links the public traumas of society to those of domestic life in this provocative work of psychiatric theory. Publishers Weekly

Listener Reviews

Write a Review
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 2/10/2014

    " This is an exhaustive and phenomenal study of trauma psychology written by a pioneer in the field. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Herman was one of the first to connect the dots between the experiences of combat veterans, rape victims, and people raised in abusive homes (a connection we tend to take for granted today) and put forth a clinical diagnosis of PTSD as well as a roadmap for its recovery. Dense yet readable and layperson-friendly, Trauma and Recovery is one of the best things you can read on the subject of either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rickyjez | 2/7/2014

    " A book that every anthropology, sociology, gender studies, political scientist, and the list goes on . . . should add to their collection! A favorite of mine. So thought provoking and full of solutions to how people can make the world a safer more equitable place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/29/2014

    " This book changed my life and perhaps saved it. It is a fascinating, incredibly helpful and compelling work. It reaffirms the resilience of people and the power to heal after the worst circumstances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 1/19/2014

    " I read this book right after I came back from a month long program on the Holocaust as I was taking a semester long course on the Vietnam war. It was one of the single most helpful tools I came to have when processing what I experienced from survivors and even their children and grand children, and Vietnam Vets who spoke to our class, as well as a much broader context of post trauma - and has been one of the most helpful resources for me in working with people in ministry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 1/12/2014

    " Not only on a personal level did I relate to this book, it helped me realize what kind of career I wanted to have. Given the tragic subject matter it also holds that healing from trauma is possible and we are not defined by what happens to us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/23/2013

    " So good. Made me think, cry, have nightmares... Don't read before bed, but read this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 11/26/2013

    " This book is, by this point in its history, a work of academic medicine; its scholarly apparatus is in any case impeccable. It is also wise, compassionate and humane. Very highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila | 11/18/2013

    " This book is very informative on what trauma does to a person and what is needed to help a traumatized person recover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 11/11/2013

    " Explains so well that being a prisoner of war is the same as a prisoner of domestic violence or incest victim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marie | 11/2/2013

    " this book is amazing. it is the first clinical book on violence that i've read in years that holds me to every sentence on every page. there's no flipping past stuff that's been said a gazillion times. she brings a fresh and deep perspective on coercion and abuse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/2/2013

    " An must-read for anyone interested in trauma work. Lots of information to think about that can really make a difference, especially when applying it clinically. I also love the feminist vibe of it as well... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrisula | 3/27/2013

    " THE most essential book to read if you have an interest in or work with anyone that's been traumatized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.E. | 7/13/2012

    " Outstanding book on exactly what the title says: trauma and recovery. If you work with anyone who has suffered trauma, I recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 7/11/2012

    " This is a great book about the stages of trauma recovery. Very useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 4/17/2012

    " Amazing book about trauma and the recovery process. Great insight on the healing process to such traumatic events and dealing with PTSD. A must read if you are interested in trauma. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 3/11/2012

    " I am still working on this book. Its an intense and eye opening book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/4/2012

    " Good examples and insight but sometimes wordy and hard to follow. Clearly the author has plenty of practical experience but the book left something to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndsey | 12/28/2011

    " I read this book for my class, Women's Narratives of Healing. It's very interesting. We used it to discuss the traumatic situations we read of and discussed. "

About the Author

Judith Lewis Herman, MD, is one of the country’s leading experts on trauma and abuse and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. She is also the director of training at the Victims of Violence program at Cambridge Hospital and a founding member of the Women’s Mental Health Collective in Massachusetts.