AWARD WINNING AUTHOR: LeDoux’s previous book Anxious was named winner of the William James Award, an annual book prize given by the American Psychological Association.
SUCCESS OF THIS GENRE: Books like Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens and E.O. Wilson’s The Meaning of Human Existence show that there is an eager readership for smart nonfiction that looks at the science between human intelligence and other animals as well as between human intelligence and prehistoric humans.
SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITY: LeDoux is one of the most respected neurobiologists in the field and his previous books, Anxious, Synaptic Self and The Emotional Brain, are considered classics.
Praise for Anxious:
“Every age believes itself to be the age of anxiety, as Auden’s famous poem first put it. But in his new book, Anxious, the neuroscientist and writer Joseph LeDoux suggests that that has never been a stronger claim to make than it is now…. If this is the age of anxiety, LeDoux is our Lewis and our Clark: It was LeDoux who laid down the first map of what is called the brain’s ’fear circuit,’ the regions—centered on the amygdala and its adjacent structures—that together give rise to our ability to respond to threats and danger. But with his new book, he wants to redraw that map.”—Casey Schwartz, New York Magazine
“Mr. LeDoux offers a careful tour through the current neuroscience of fear and anxiety…. [Anxious] will reward the informed reader.”—Leonore Tiefer, The Wall Street Journal
“[Anxious] helps to explain and prevent the kinds of debilitating anxieties all of us face in this increasingly stressful world.”—Daniel J. Levitin, author of The Organized Mind and This Is Your Brain On Music
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