|Publisher:||W. W. Norton & Company|
|Condition:||USED – Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and some moderate shelf wear.|
In an inventive blending of comic energy and intellectual muscle ( The New Yorker), Israel Rosenfield serves up for our scrutiny and sheer delight Freud's long-lost last manuscript, which reveals a Freud who in reflecting upon his life's work realizes that he has gotten it all wrong! A victim of his own self-delusion, Freud goes about setting the record straight with a preposterously seductive new theory of human behavior: it is not drives that motivate us, but rather our boundless capacity to deceive ourselves. Such are the explosive contents of his last manuscript, Megalomania. Its discovery years later prompts a postmortem that effectively puts the icon to rest, resurrects the man, and exposes the naiveté of Freud's disciples and the megalomaniacal tendencies of his detractors. This wise and witty ( Boston Sunday Globe) intellectual spoof delivers a surprising twist on history and a playful challenge to today's enduring Freud debate.