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By any standard, Sibyl was a sensation. Flora Rheta Schreiber's 1973 book about a multiple personality case sold over 6 million copies and the 1976 television mini-series film based on it garnered four Emmy Awards. Just as importantly, it put its subject on the map: Before journalist Schreiber's account of a therapist's work with a woman harboring sixteen distinct personalities, dissociative identity disorder was virtually unknown; after the bestseller, it became a cottage industry. Debbie Nathan's Sybil Exposed places that apparent breakthrough case under new scrutiny, revealing how an implicit conspiracy of patient, psychiatrist, and writer concocted an unforgettable, if fundamentally untrue case history. Based on unprecedented research, this book not only reconstructs Sybil's creation; it also delves into the deep attraction it held for Americans and, indeed, people worldwide.