Sunday, October 12, 2008


A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, by Pete Earley.

Quickie Recap: When Earley's adult son suffers a breakdown and is arrested after a bizarre incident committed under the haze of mental illness, he is astounded by the inability of the health system or the justice system to deal with his son, let alone get him the help he needs.

Quickie Review: This book should serve as a wake-up call: something isn't working. Earley makes an excellent advocate. He goes looking for answers even when he can't get anyone to listen to his questions. He has the instincts of a journalist but in this work, he is tempered by having been touched personally by the subject. It makes him more sensitive, more probing, more concerned. It gives him fire.

Quickie Recommendation: It should be lighting fires in all of us.

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