Dr. Spock: An American Life

Thomas Maier


Dr. Spock: An American Life

Dr. Spock: An American Life

  • Title: Dr. Spock: An American Life
  • Author: Thomas Maier
  • ISBN: 9780151002030
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover



Dr Benjamin Spock, through his Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, may have had a greater effect on the everyday lives of people than any other living American His personal life, however, was shaken by failure and tragedy Thomas Maier s extensive interviews with Spock, his family, and others who knew him draw the first complete picture of this complicated manDr Benjamin Spock, through his Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, may have had a greater effect on the everyday lives of people than any other living American His personal life, however, was shaken by failure and tragedy Thomas Maier s extensive interviews with Spock, his family, and others who knew him draw the first complete picture of this complicated man, an American original of the importance of Henry Ford or Thomas Alva Edison Known for his fatherly, folksy wisdom, Spock was at the same time a revolutionary and a magnet for controversy throughout his life He camouflaged Fruen for Americans in his baby care book, one of the best selling books of all time When he applied his ideals to politics, Spock shocked the country by protesting against the Vietnam war with Martin Luther King in 1967 and was attacked both by conservatives for fostering a permissive society and by feminists for his traditional attitudes about women s role in the family Perhaps even surprising, however, is Spock s troubled personal life the breakdown and alcoholism of his first wife, his own failures as husband and father, his marriage to a much younger woman, and the suicide of his grandson Although a tragic example of a man who helped millions but couldn t benefit from his own advice, Dr Spock helped to create America as it is today, and Dr Spock shows how the man reflects both the successes and failures of our society.


Recent Comments "Dr. Spock: An American Life"

I suspect I was a Spock baby and I know that my kids are Spock babies. By the time I put away my copy of "Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care" it was falling apart. I used Brazelton and others also but Spock was my fall back.I think I'm giving Benjamin Spock the man five stars as opposed to the book. Spock was not a paragon of virtue. He was unable to live up to his own advice as a parent nor was he a particularly good spouse, but his almost prescient views on child rearing have impacted children an [...]

Really gripping and excellently written book about Dr. Spock. Comprehensive on his life, his times, his relationship to psychology and pediatrics, liberalism, and the antiwar movement. Plus it's very deep, thorough, and insightful about Dr. Spock the man and his complicated family life. Highly recommended!


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