The unique human awareness of our own mortality enables us to ensure our perpetuation beyond death through our impact on others. This continuity of life has been profoundly shaken by the advent of wars of mass destruction, genocide, and the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation. In "The Broken Connection," Robert Jay Lifton, one of America's foremost thinkers and preeminent psychiatrists, explores the inescapable connections between death and life, the psychiatric disorders that arise from these connections, and the advent of the nuclear age which has jeopardized any attempts to ensure the perpetuation of the self beyond death.
Prologue: the lost theme. Death and immortality. Death and emotion -- psychiatric boundaries. Death and history -- the nuclear image. Epilogue: awareness and renewal. Appendixes.
An engrossing and fascinating book... especially in respect to the place you give to the symbolic operations of the mind instead of the instinctual moves. I learned a great deal by reading it and was given much food for thought. Claude Levi-Strauss
Robert Jay Lifton is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Graduate School, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. He is the author of The Nazi Doctors, Death in Life, and The Life of the Self.
"A truly major work. Armed with fearlessness (or raw courage), wide learning, and deep sensitivity, the distinguished post-Freudian psychiatrist and public philosopher takes us on a magnificent journey."-- "Chicago Tribune Book World" "This is a brilliantly written work of scholarship. "The Broken Connection" is a seminal work that will probably be referred to for some years to come."-- "American Journal of Psychiatry" "A passionate book, at grips with the largest issues of our times."-- "New York Times Book Review"