This is an excellent read. I usually find history quite dry but this book from C. James Goodwin very readable. Happily it was free of the usual presentism that accompanies most history books supplying excellent descriptions of the knowledge and views of the times that the major developments and trends in psychology occured. It enables the reader to better see the issues from the viewpoint of the various psychologists discussed and in doing so illuminates the issues for the reader. The author also disputes some widely held misconceptions giving accurate arguements for his opposition and ample evidence which underlines the detail of research that went into producing the publication. C. James Goodwin is clearly passionate about reporting historical truth and this book makes many contributions in that area. The book appears to be aimed at US colleges so there is a slight bias towards a US viewpoint but his treatment of European and world psychology is detailed and fair in the opinion of the reviewer. I would recommend to anyone looking to broaden their knowledge in this area. It gives an excellent account of events from Wundt to the 1960's for students new to the field and has some new views and opinions that would interest scholars specialising in the topic.