No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America (Hardcover)
No One Cares About Crazy People pulls its stark and horribly accurate title from an email exchange between high-level staffers in Scott Walker's 2010 campaign for Wisconsin governor. Ron Powers balances the history of mental illness and the care (and criminal lack thereof) of the mentally ill in the U.S. with the tragic story of his two sons, both stricken with schizophrenia. It's extremely well-written, heart wrenching, and, finally, critical. --Christopher— From Staff Favorites List
"Extraordinary and courageous . . . No doubt if everyone were to read this book, the world would change."---New York Times Book Review
New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia.
From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted.
Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.
A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.
About the Author
Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-author of Flags of our Fathers and True Compass--both #1 New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction bestsellers. His biography of Mark Twain--Mark Twain: A Life--was also a New York Times bestseller. He lives with his wife Honoree Fleming, Ph.D., in Castleton, Vermont.