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Denial by Jessica Stern
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Aug 24, 2010

it was amazing

This is a powerful and important book. Stern is a Harvard PhD, an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and the minds and motives of terrorists, and the daughter of a distinguished professor who, as a boy, suffered various humiliations under the Nazis in his native Germany. Stern herself was raped at age fifteen, as was her fourteen year old sister. Her memoir is a harrowing investigation of her humiliation, terror, and denial. The book is centered on a three-fold quest, first to find her own motives for pursuing a study of the minds of terrorists(seemingly so obvious, but buried deeply in denial) to
investigate the mind and motives of her rapist, whose identity she discovered only after he'd committed suicide, and thirdly to learn about her father, to penetrate his own "coldness" and denial. She concludes by talking to a veteran of the Iraq was whose head was nearly blown off. She, her father, the soldier, and perhaps her rapist as well, suffer from PTSD, she concludes, and denial in such cases can be debilitating and sometimes fatal.
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