By Karl Menninger, M.D., with the collaboration of Jeanette Lyle Menninger. Price, $1.95. Pp. 310, with no illustrations. A Harvest Book, Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc., 383 Madison Ave., New York 17, 1942.
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Menninger's book, Love Against Hate, really is an extension and in parts a duplication of what he presented in his very searching analysis of Man Against Himself, reviewed some time ago in the Archives. Many of the same examples and case reports are used in this book, but the duplication only increases the message of hope, of creativity, and of the need for channeling and bridling destructive aggressions. Perhaps this really is the last best hope for mankind. A coldly practical view of the scene does not prevent Menninger from taking an optimistic view which he presents in a constructive way even though he makes no effort to see all his troubles as blessings in disguise. Menninger believes that there is more ultimate purpose in the existence of human beings than the mere surface facts of animal life. Thought about the selection and evaluation of experience will lead to further
Bean WB. Love Against Hate. Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(4):553. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620220145033