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  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (22 Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805752
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Myron Sharaf was a patient, student, and assistant of Wilhelm Reich's between 1948 and 1954. He currently teaches in the Department of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, practices psychotherapy in the Boston area, and gives lectures and workshops in this country and in Europe.

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When Wilhelm Reich died in his sleep at the Federal Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on November 3, 1957, few people paid attention. Read the first page
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By stuart mcara on 27 Sept. 2002
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Even if you have no interest in Wilhelm Reich this is one of the most compelling books ever written about a human being. There is a deep tragedy throughout Reichs life, battling experimental results which point to extraordinary conclusions, fierce personal relationships which dissolve the usual barrier between private and professional. After reading this book you will be astonished that he is not better known. I cannot reccommended this book highly enough.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2010
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Biography of a deeply controversial man who transformed the perception of sex. He dragged it from the mire of religious self disgust into the forefront of self liberation. Delivering it from the of Victoriana constriction to a release in the latter part of the 20thC. Reich was the bridgehead along with Kinsey for the rediscovery of the body in the west.

A huge cultural impact on the 20thC, influenced initially by Marx, Freud and Nietzsche he developd the field of emotions shaping the body in Character Analysis. He made the links to the psychological dynamics of cancer through his work on blood. Eventually he believed he had discovered the origins of life with his bion experiments. He finally unveiled the orgone accumulator to the world and was duly intellectually trashed. Pursued by the FDA until he went to prison.

In between he managed to alienate all backward structured thinking; communist, fascist, nazi and capitalist with his programme of sexual revolution.

A flawed intense dichotomous mind, persecuted for his message of liberation, vilified, castigated, defiled his books burnt in the USA echoing the trauma of the Nazi spectacle. He spent his last years increasingly socially isolated and paranoid for good reason. They were out to get him

This book is carefully constructed warts and hagiography to be recommended reading alongside Reich's texts to gain the key insights. Reich emerged from a family of trauma. His father was an authoritarian bully whilst his mother sought to escape into the climax of her lover. Reich witnessed it all including the slow torturous death of his mother as she committed suicide after being discovered. Trauma was the basis of Reich's self discoveries.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Zukor on 10 July 2004
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Sharaf was a pupil/patient of Reichs and has first hand knowledge of the subject. He writes with sympathy but always uses a perceptive and critical intelligence.
If even one tenth of Reichs ideas are correct he is essential to our future - this is one of the best two books on Reichs life ...(the other is David Boadella`s). Read this if you know something about Reich and also if you dont !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Ravey on 6 April 2013
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This biography of Wilhelm Reich is hugely worth while.....Myron Sharaf writes an appropriately 'distanced' yet appropriately partisan account to the life of this giant of a thinker. WR's relative obscurity is testimony to his unerring pursuit of scientific truth - a must read!
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Holiday read... I am very intrigued by the whole episode of Organon etc so this was an easy purchase.
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