Wednesday, December 1, 1993

Book Review: Robert Jay Lifton, The Protean Self


First appeared in the Boston Globe.

Robert Jay Lifton, The Protean Self: Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation (Basic Books, $25.00, 262 pgs)

Over the course of his long and influential career as a writer and student of the human psyche, Robert Jay Lifton has avoided detours, sidetracks and secondary phenomenon. He has proceeded unerringly toward the central lesions of the age — brainwashing, Vietnam, the nuclear threat, and “darkest of all,” by his own accounting, the mentality of Nazi doctors.