January 20, 2016

John Donvan and Caren Zucker spoke about their book, In a Different Key, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

The first autism diagnosis was made seventy-five years ago, and today one in sixty-eight children has an autism spectrum disorder. In their comprehensive history of our still-evolving understanding of autism, Donvan, an Emmy Award-winning Washington-based ABC Nightline correspondent and Zucker, Peabody Award-winning producer and co-author of the six-part PBS series ”Autism Now,” look at theories of autism’s causes, the range of treatments that have been endorsed and discarded, and the various cultural understandings of autism. Above all, they home in on the experience of parents, care-givers, and those with autism themselves, tracing the struggles for acceptance and for an understanding of autism not as a disability but as a difference.

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ISBN: 9780307985705
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Published: Broadway Books - January 17th, 2017

July 16, 2015

Joseph LeDoux spoke about his book, Anxious, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Drawing on the latest research from NYU’s Center for Neural Sciences, LeDoux, a professor of science at the Center and the author of The Synaptic Self and The Emotional Brain, looks at fear and anxiety as products of conscious experiences as well as of the brain’s non-conscious processes, a duality that suggests successful treatment calls for both new drugs and fresh methods of psychotherapy. LeDoux’s lucid explanations are at once a fascinating glimpse of how brains work and a source of hope for the forty million Americans suffering from anxiety and related disorders.

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ISBN: 9780670015337
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Published: Viking - July 14th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780143109044
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Published: Penguin Books - August 23rd, 2016

May 30, 2015

Nancy Sherman spoke about her book, Afterwar, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

The author of The Untold War and Stoic Warriors, Sherman teaches at Georgetown and served as the Inaugural Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy. Drawing on a background in philosophy as well as in psychoanalysis, Sherman addresses questions of moral responsibility regarding the 2.6 million soldiers now returning home, and shows how society needs to consider issues ranging from disappointment to alienation to traumatization to help veterans find the inner peace they’ve lost during their service on the frontlines.

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ISBN: 9780199325276
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 6th, 2015