No One Cares About Crazy People

  • by Ron Powers
  • Narrated by Ron Powers
  • 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia.
From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the antipsychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted.
Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers' beloved son Kevin - spirited, endearing, and gifted - who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.
A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.


What the Critics Say

"Very emotional...[Powers] reminds us how apathetic and cruel society can be when it comes to mental illness." (Booklist)
"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Powers (MarkTwain: A Life, 2005, etc.) presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons.... This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author's considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Ron Powers and his wife never expected to visit the exotic lands of schizophrenia until their two sons became affected. A gifted professional writer, Powers takes the reader along on his explorations as he tries to understand why it happened and what to do. What he finds is 'the most dreaded of all human mental disorders.' Very readable and highly recommended." (E. Fuller Torrey, MD, author of Surviving Schizophrenia)


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I want to make this text required reading for my graduate students in Mental Health Counseling.
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Very informative

Anyone who wants more information on schizophrenia needs to read this book. It is well written and chocked full of information on this subject. The history of schizophrenia was interesting and showed how intolerant we have been toward people with this disease. It is a sad tale about his sons, and gives us an intimate view of what it takes to parent children with this dreaded disease.
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- E Azevedo "I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio