5.0 out oBy Robert A. Rosenstone, Ph.D.
For 20 years I have sought in vain a single, short book that would introduce my students in European history to the life and theories of Sigmund Freud. In A Dream of Undying Fame, Louis Breger has produced the perfect work for this purpose. Author of a previous, brilliant biography of Freud, Breger here distills the thoughts, ideas, and judgments he has reached over decades as a psychoanalyst and professor of humanities to give us the father of psychoanalysis at some key moments of his intellectual and emotional journey. Blending historical understanding with psychological insight, Breger in a little over 100 compelling and fascinating pages, not only introduces you to the life and work of Freud, but judiciously places him in the intellectual and psychological context of his times. If you don't get all of Freud here, you do get enough crucial insights into the man's ambitions and theories to understand how deeply the two were intertwined. The book is a stunning accomplishment, particularly given its short format. If you have never read about Freud before, this is the perfect work of introduction to him. If you know Freud and his works well, you will come away from this book with new insights into the nature and scope of both his genius and his limitations.
Robert A. Rosenstone, Ph.D.
Professor of History
California Institute of Technology
By Philip M. Bromberg, Ph.D.I devoured this page-turner in one sitting and never looked up. Not just one more biography of Freud, Breger's new book is an amazing feat of writing that combines unflinchingly honest scholarship with a breathtaking talent for riveting story telling. Impeccably edited, this concise volume will appeal not only to professionals, but to a wide range of readers who are interested in how intellectual history is shaped by a complex interface between the thing created and the personality of its creator.