From Madness to Mutiny . . . is an emotionally tough but intellectually satisfying read; it is a volume that belongs on the bookshelf of every professional who deals with child custody and child abuse, from lawyers and judges to psychologists and social workers.—Journal of Child Custody
“There is extraordinary merit in the claims the authors make… [and] many of the reforms, suggested in the concluding three chapters, are worth consideration.”—Law and Politics Book Review
"Unusually rich and detailed documentation . . . Amy Neustein and Michael Lesher have produced a searing and profoundly disturbing indictment of family courts in the United States . . . I commend Neustein and Lesher for their major contribution to this struggle."
—Violence Against Women
"This collection can certainly be considered illuminating. Moreover, it is necessary. As Erica Brown points out in her chapter "Straying the Course," abuse of this nature does damage to victims, to communities, and also to faith itself. One of the most important points in this collection can be found in this chapter: "The fact that a rabbi who abuses congregants or students in a youth group, synagogue, or school setting may also be an acclaimed teacher or mesmerizing lecturer is not beside the point. It is the point" (p. 62). Indeed, it is the faith that we place in our religious leaders that makes abuse of this nature so very damaging, and, more important, so very possible. It is undoubtedly time that Jewish communities everywhere wake up to this fact and begin to make ourselves a bit less comfortable by loudly breaking the silence."—H-Judaic
“After getting past the horrendous accounts of injustice, the importance of the book is quite evident. It contributes not only to the sociology of the family, but also to our understanding of inequities within the criminal justice system for women and children. Neustein and Lesher draw attention to an issue that warrants much more attention from researchers, policy-makers, and the general public. A regularly cited problem within sociology is that our research is only accessible to other sociologists. I do not think that this is true of this book. This book will appeal not only to family researchers across disciplines, but also to people who work with and advocate for children. It can be used as a supplemental text in teaching about the criminal justice system or family violence.”—Journal of Contemporary Sociology
"There's a marvelous groundswell of activism that I didn't see 20 years ago,' said Neustein, co-author of the forthcoming From Madness to Mutiny: Why Mothers Are Running From the Family Courts - and What Can Be Done About it. After more than 18 years of fighting her own battle, Neustein says she sees all the recent activity as a sign of hope that one day soon her work might be done and she will be vindicated. "I hope to make myself obsolete, " Neustein said. "I wish this had never happened. No one wants to go through this."—Forward
From Madness to Mutiny . . . is an emotionally tough but intellectually satisfying read; it is a volume that belongs on the bookshelf of every professional who deals with child custody and child abuse, from lawyers and judges to psychologists and social workers. One reviewer recounted that she had provided a volume of this book to a family court judge who then stated that he had purchased 25 more copies and sent them all to other judges (Fox, 2006). This level of enthusiasm is not surprising since this volume brings the unique combination of a scholarly analysis within a passionate call for change. There can be no doubt that the family courts must change to address the widespread systems failure that has made the best interest of the child an empty slogan instead of the guiding principle it should be."—Journal of Child Custody