Synopses & Reviews
The most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture across the globe has not been our golden arches or our bomb craters, but our bulldozing of the human psyche itself. American-style depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anorexia have begun to spread around the world like contagions, and the virus is us. Traveling from Hong Kong to Sri Lanka to Zanzibar to Japan, acclaimed journalist Ethan Watters witnesses firsthand how Western healers often steamroll indigenous expressions of mental health and madness and replace them with our own. In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been homogenizing the way the world goes mad.
"I couldn't put it down. Crazy Like Us is a fascinating and provocative intellectual travelogue, and Watters is a fearless guide." -- Alan Burdick, author of Out of Eden
"Ethan Watters has traveled the world to look at how globalization reaches far beyond economics and into people's very conceptions of what constitutes health and sanity. I find his book provocative, original, and convincing." -- Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and King Leopold's Ghost
"Watters commands attention with his repartee and conversational manner while drawing much-needed attention to the consequences of Western intrusion. This fascinating book deserves attention from mental health workers and Americans interested in the reach of their culture’s psyche across the globe."-- Library Journal
"A devastating account of America's psychological adventures abroad. The stories Watters tells will move you, surprise you, and occasionally infuriate you, and they will change the way you think about culture, human nature, and the mind." -- Paul Tough, author of Whatever it Takes
"...in addition to the cultural flotsam that drives the rest of the world crazy, America is literally exporting its mental illnesses...[Watters] is on to something worth pondering." --Time magazine
"Crazy Like Us is both groundbreaking and shocking...Whether Watters' book will be sand in the engines of the bulldozers remains to be seen. At least it proves the West, despite its best intentions, does not possess all the answers."--The Boston Globe
Ethan Watters explores the American exportation of how the world goes mad.
About the Author
Ethan Watters is the author of andlt;iandgt;Urban Tribesandlt;/iandgt;, an examination of the mores of the "never-marrieds," and the coauthor of andlt;iandgt;Making Monstersandlt;/iandgt;, a groundbreaking indictment of the recovered memory movement. A frequent contributor to andlt;iandgt;The New York Times Magazineandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Discoverandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Men's Journalandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Wiredandlt;/iandgt;, and This American Life, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.andnbsp;