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In the introduction Menninger states that he deliberately chose to write this book for any intelligent person, professional or nonprofessional, rather, than for the specialist. He states, however, that the substance of his book is what he teaches his students and discusses with his colleagues. In my opinion, the book is readable, the style is polished and the content is of value not only to the lay public but to professional persons, including other psychiatrists. The purpose of the book is to show the resources which one has at one's command to favor the life (love) instinct and to oppose the death (hate) instinct. In the first four chapters the author describes the frustrations of the child, the frustrations of women and the deprecation of femininity. The chapter dealing with frustrations of the child is well presented and contains material widely accepted by the psychiatric profession. In the chapter on
Love Against Hate.. Arch NeurPsych. 1943;49(4):638-639. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290160160019