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Victims of Memory

Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives

Mark Pendergrast

Upper Access, 1996, second edition, 575 pp, endnotes, bibliography, index, €27.90, ISBN 0-942679-18-0. Counter page views.

In his impassioned, richly literate and thoroughly researched book, Pendergrast tells an appalling heart-breaking horror story of the forces of mental health gone beserk. This is a courageous, terrifying and necessary book.

Frank Pittman, M.D., Psychiatrist
Psychology Today Advice Columnist

An impressive display of scholarship. Pendergrast deminstrates a laudable ability to lay out all sides of the argument.

Daniel L. Schacter
Scientific American

Victims of Memory constitutes the most ambitious and comprehensive, as well as the most emotionally committed, of all the studies before us. Pendergrast devotes the most effort to analysing the contemporary Zeitgeist in which the recovery movement thrives.

Frederich Crews
The New York Review of Books

Pendergrast makes a strong case that what began as a way to empower women has now victimised them, isolating them from friends, families and their true memories. Victims of Memories deserves to be on library shelves, right beside The Courage to Heal.

Ilene Cooper

By far the most thorough journalism on recovered memory therapy appears in Victims of Memory.

Katy Butler
Los Angeles Times

Explosive material - massively researched and lucidly argued.

Ann Diamond
Montreal Gazette

An even-handed treatment that present all the different positions with empathy.

Psychological Reports

Anyone touched by the subject of repressed memories would do well to read this book.

Burton Einspruch, M.D.

Powerful an impassioned, Victims of Memory should be essential reading for all counsellors, clients, parents and children. Whatever side of the controversy you stand on, this book will shake you up and force you to re-examine your assumptions.

Bruce Wilson
The Vancouver Sun

Sadly, many Christian psychologists and counsellors have accepted the questionable theory of repressed memory. I recommend Victims of Memory for pastors, cousellors and lay people.

Pastor Ed Bulkley, Author
Only God Can Heal the Wounded Heart

A well-written, well-researched, stimulating book. Obligatory reading.

Nathaniel Branden, Author
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Victims of Memory reveals the dangers of victimology, calling for women to take control of their lives and destinies. This is true feminism.

Rachel Hickerson, Exec. Director
Feminists for Free Expression

About the Author

Investiagtive journalist Mark Pendergrast spent over three years reasearching and writing Victims of Memory. His 1993 history, For God, Country and Coca Cola, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. A Harvard graduate, Pendergrast lives in New England.

Contents in Brief

  1. How to Become a Survivor
  2. The Memory Maze
  3. How to Believe the Unbelievable
  4. Multiple Personalities and Satanic Cults
  5. The Therapists
  6. The Survivors
  7. The Accused
  8. The Retractors
  9. And A Little Child Shall Lead Them (And Be Led)
  10. A Brief History: The Witch Craze, Reflex Arcs, and Freud's Legacy
  11. Why Now?
  12. Survivorship as Religion
  13. Conclusons and Recommendations
  • Appendix: Myths and Realities
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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