ISBN 0306454106 (0-306-45410-6)
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Hardcover, Basic Books, 1997
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Book summary: In the stirring recollections and reflections presented in this autobiographical volume, the author, for the first time, describes his childhood and youth, as well as his experiences as a young doctor of neurology in prewar Vienna. Dr. Frankl recalls his early disagreements with Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler, and considers the impact of these disputes on the development of Logotherapy, deemed the "third Viennese School of Psycotherapy." Toward the end of World War II, Frankl was arrested and deported, as was his entire family. The description of his harrowing experiences in four concentration camps, including Dachau and Auschwitz, is of unforgettable intensity and interest. After his liberation by American troops in 1945, Frankl returned to Vienna to discover that none of his family had survived. Slowly and painfully, he started to build a new life. In the postwar years, Frankl's philosophical and psychological ideas caught the attention of a worldwide public. On numerous lecture tours throughout the world, he met some of the most famous figures of our time - Pope Paul VI, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, philosopher Martin Heidegger - Dr. Frankl's anecdotes and reflections on these encounters are highlights of the narrative. Viktor Frankl - Recollections: An Autobiography is augmented by numerous heretofore unpublished photographs from Frankl's private archives. Dr. Frankl's words of undeniable power and insight make this volume a classic on par with his earlier Man's Search for Meaning, an international bestseller since its publication over 30 years ago. This is an indispensable memoir that will fascinate his millions of readers as well as professionals in psychology, social work, psychiatry, counseling, philosophy, and the clergy.
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