"Reef makes it clear that although Freud's individual theories mattered greatly, they were less important than his leading us to new ways of looking at ourselves." Booklist, ALA
Reef's piercing biography deftly interprets the life of the father of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential men of the 20th century. . . The text hits controversy head-on. . . Reef distills Freud's theories into comprehensible descriptions and combines a wealth if primary source material and idiosyncratic details to demonstrate his intellect, character and personality.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
Skillfully, Catherine Reef weaves the developing theories of the first psychoanalyst into a chronological report of his eventful life, setting both in the political and social currents of his era. . . .Reef depicts a complex, brillant, and humane man whothough he had evidently been a tyrannical childbecame a devoted, well-loved colleague, husband, and parent. With admirable clarity, she presents both his seminal ideas and the objections, refinements, and alternatives to them that are still debated.
Horn Book, Starred
Quotations from others about him and black-and-white photographs provide an image of Freud not only as a great thinker, but also as a loving devoted father and husband. Reef's descriptions of his struggle to see his ideas accepted, his willingness to experiment with new theories, and his writing literally until he died clearly convey a picture of an indefatiguable spirit with a passion and zest for every facet of life.
School Library Journal
Effective use of personal details that reveal Freud's intellect, emotions, and personality, plus photos of his family, friends, and professional life, make this book rich and visually appealing.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
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