Milton Rokeach (1918-1988) received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a professor of social psychology at Michigan State University and later at Washington State University. In 1984 he received the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Rick Moody's most recent book is The Four Fingers of Death. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"The Three Christs of Ypsilanti is more than the record of
an experiment in the outermost reaches of social psychology. Among
other things it represents, in an unpretentious but remarkably
vivid way, what institutionalized madness is like."
-Steven Marcus, The New York Review of Books
"A rare and eccentric journey into the madness of not three, but
four men in an asylum. It is, in that sense, an unexpected tribute
to human folly, and one that works best as a meditation on our own
misplaced self-confidence. Whether scientist or psychiatric
patient, we assume others are more likely to be biased or misled
than we are, and we take for granted that our own beliefs are based
on sound reasoning and observation. This may be the nearest we can
get to revelation--the understanding that our most cherished
beliefs could be wrong."
--Vaughan Bell, Slate
"The Three Christs is part meticulous log-book, part intriguing commentary and part high-voltage play as Rokeach recreates the men's interactions over 25 months. Rokeach's aim was to force them to confront 'the ultimate contradiction' of believing they were the same being....Reissued for the first time in over 25 years, it comes with a pithy and sensitive preface by Rick Moody, foregrounding both changing attitudes to institutional care and the problems and possibilities of Rokeach's experiment." - The Guardian "It also seemed to me, aged 16, that The Three Christs of Ypsilanti contained everything there was to know about the world. That's not the case of course, but if resources were short, I'd still be inclined to salvage this book as a way of explaining the terror of the human condition, and the astonishing fact that people battle for their rights and dignity in the face of that terror, in order to establish their place in the world, whatever they decide it has to be." -- Jenny Diski, London Review of Books