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When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years,
Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword,
Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have
shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding
to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence
as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between
private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader
political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Meticulously documented
and frequently using the victims’ own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and
Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.