Lunacy in a Nutshell
Mad Topics A-Z

By Benjamin Walker
November 2010
Book Guild
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781846244766
412 pages
$39.50 Hardcover

What is madness? It is a matter of concern for every individual on the planet. The human race is not made up of the mad and the sane, but of the mad and the less mad. None of us is sane all of the time: we are all mad in some way some of the time. As Blaise Pascal wrote, ‘Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad must be another form of madness.’

So what can we understand about madness? In this fascinating and informative survey, Benjamin Walker provides a comprehensive overview – from A to Z, from Absurdity to Zoanthropy – of the many guises assumed by the mind in its varying degrees of lunacy. Whether discussing the nature of mental burnout, personality disorders or the impact of heredity, Walker’s erudite and concise analysis of hundreds of pertinent topics is the essential handbook to understanding sanity, madness and everything in between.

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