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George Prochnik…[a] lucid history of the rise of psychoanalysis…Rather than providing yet another biography of Freud, Makari maps out the Freud family tree with all its thorny branches, its disciples and dissenters. Even if psychoanalysis is increasingly overshadowed by neurobiology and cognitive psychology, Makari argues that the language of Freudianism remains the lingua franca for some of our most vexing questions: How can aspects of the mind be unknown to itself? How is it possible that another person can be more aware of our thoughts than we are? Assuming such knowledge is possible, how can it be deployed by a doctor to ease our pain and bolster the felicity of our engagement with the outside world? Makari's book projects a pleasing orderliness onto a tangled tale.
—The New York Times