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On the Edge of Darkness: America’s Most Celebrated Actors, Journalists and Politicians Chronicle Their Most Arduous Journey February 11, 2010

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  • ISBN13: 9780385314268
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description
They have made the impossible climb into the spotlight and attained their brightest dreams. But for Mike Wallace, Kitty Dukakis, William Styron, Joan Rivers, and countless other people struggling against the debilitating effects of depression, life’s most challenging battle is waged, not in the public eye, but in the darkest recesses of the mind. In her brilliant new work, Kathy Cronkite gives voice to dozens of celebrated professionals who have endured–and conqu… More >>

On the Edge of Darkness: America’s Most Celebrated Actors, Journalists and Politicians Chronicle Their Most Arduous Journey


1. Anonymous - February 11, 2010

Considering how many high-profile people are represented in this book, you would expect the stories to be interesting. Unfortunately, only about half are. The book isn’t even interesting enough to be depressing.
Rating: 3 / 5

2. Anonymous - February 11, 2010

This book is absolutely perfect for anyone who suffers from clinical depression/anxiety, especially those afraid to talk about it. Kathy Cronkite has included not only her own struggles with the illness, and those of very famous people, but also a lot of good information by doctors. This book would be of great help to family and friends of those who suffer from this misunderstood illness. Get one for yourself and share it with your loved ones. You have nothing to be ashamed of, and you are NOT alone!
Rating: 5 / 5

3. Allie Sue Gottwald - February 11, 2010

I bought the original hardcover edition when it came out, and breathed sighs of recognition and relief as I read it, and read myself into it. I recently ordered five more copies for friends and family who could be helped by it. I admire Ms. Cronkite for coming forth to tell her own story, which I desperately needed to hear. This, and her knowledge of celebrities who also suffer from depression, made me believe I could truly accomplish my own goals in life, and help others who suffer from clinical depression. The most helpful book I have read on the subject.
Rating: 5 / 5

4. Anonymous - February 11, 2010

…if you want to be touched by a book. I have read multiple books on depression and this one was the most disappointing. It was surprising to see so many favorable, gushing reviews for this book. This book is advertised as different people telling their story about their depression. Reading it, you get the impression that there are no individual voices in this book. It was edited in such a way that all those that are telling their story sound like they are speaking in the same tone, in the same voice. Even stunningly brillant writers, like William Styron, end up sounding flat and robotic. It is strange. A lot of the stories were disjointed, and there were random snippets thrown in here and there that were entirely out of context for the subject being discussed. What I am trying to say is that if you want to have your soul touched, try something else. This book is flat and has little flavor. Depression is such a fascinating and complex subject, and this book does not do it justice. There are MANY better books out there. I suggest “Unholy Ghost”.On the Edge of Darkness fails to capture the essence, the hopelessness, the poignancy of depression. It does not convey any human emotion, but reads like fortune cookie gone wrong. It fails to bring you to the edge.
Rating: 3 / 5

5. Avery Z. Conner - February 11, 2010

I found this to be an easy read and somewhat enlightening discussion of depression. The strength of the book probably lies in offering different views about depression. It’s not a great book, but worth reading for support if you’re depressed or to hear different people describe the experience of being depressed. Avery Z. Conner, author of “Fevers of the Mind”.
Rating: 4 / 5

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