What Psychologists Did During World War II: American and Soviet Perspectives

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 699–700. The reviewer notes that in this book (see record 1997-36527-000) the authors describe the work of psychologists in the United States and the former Soviet Union at a time when both countries faced a common enemy and before they were thrust into a cold war that would isolate psychologists from each other for nearly half a century. This book, and others like it, are desperately needed before records are lost and memories become confused of those who lived during those awful days. This book is divided into three sections: Part I is on Soviet psychology during World War II; Part II is on American psychology during the war; and the final section includes a general conclusion and comparative comments. The reviewer explains that the book reads more like an edited volume in which individually composed chapters neglect the ideas expressed in other chapters, and it might have been more useful if one person had rewritten the entire manuscript to make it more consistent. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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