A Memoir of Terror

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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A scientist and expert on terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder describes her own journey through trauma and its lingering effects after repressing and disassociating her own ordeal as the victim of an unsolved sexual assault as a teenager.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061626654
Branch Call Number: 364.1532 STE 2010
Characteristics: xvii, 300 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 25, 2011

This book tries to be two things at once: treatise on PTSD and personal account of tragedy. The result is a jumble of tone and focus that never really achieves its goal. Stern seems so detached from the various tragedies in her life and the reader never really gets a sense of her struggles or her feelings. The chapters about counter-terrorism training and PTSD in returning soldiers don't add anything to the reader's understanding of her. It's very hard to critique a memoir, but I think that stronger writing and editing was needed here.

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