A Memoir of Terror

Book - 2010
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"Denial is one of the most important books I have read in a decade....Brave, life-changing, and gripping as a thriller....A tour de force."
--Naomi Wolf

One of the world's foremost experts on terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder, Jessica Stern has subtitled her book Denial, "A Memoir of Terror." A brave and astonishingly frank examination of her own unsolved rape at the age of fifteen, Denial investigates how the rape and its aftermath came to shape Stern's future and her work. The author of the New York Times Notable Book Terror in the Name of God, Jessica Stern brilliantly explores the nature of evil in an extraordinary volume that Louise Richardson, author of What Terrorists Want, calls, "Memorable, powerful and deeply courageous...a riveting read."

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2010.
ISBN: 9780061626654
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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