Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network

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Bellevue Literary Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Jonathan D. Moreno is a philosopher and historian who has advised many governmental and business groups and served on a presidential transition team. He is the author and editor of numerous seminal books, including Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century and The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America. Called the "most interesting bioethicist of our time" by the American Journal of Bioethics, Moreno is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. He divides his time between Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
"[Jonathan] D. Moreno's book is an especially engaging read, particularly for his attention to the effects of his father's work on popular culture, and his ability to recount anecdotes from childhood, such as that he literally 'grew up in a mental hospital.' . . . Read [Impromptu Man] for an intimate account of what it was like to grow up in the Moreno family and how one might imagine, in serendipitous ways, that experience may have led to J. D. Moreno's eminent career as a professor of bioethics." --PsycCRITIQUES

"No matter in what direction you turned, J.L. Moreno was there: a creative, charismatic force, challenging the psychiatric hegemony of the times and daring to create theory and methods to promote growth in individuals, groups, and society. . . . [Impromptu Man] should be required reading for all graduate students and group practitioners in this field." --Group Psychologist

"Fascinating. . . . Instead of a couch, [J.L. Moreno] used dramaturgy: a stage, role players, and an audience to put the patient's concerns into heightened awareness and action. Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, and Alan Alda were among many theater people who attended Moreno's psychodrama demonstrations. . . . The essence of Moreno's contribution to dramaturgy is that theater is spontaneous, co-creative, authentic, and transformative action." --Broad Street Review

"A candid, engaging biography of an important pioneer in social psychology." --Library Journal

"An adept introduction to an innovative thinker." --Kirkus Reviews

"Well researched. . . . Between the Encounter movement of the 1960s, military morale, humanistic psychology, Second City improv, and psychodrama training for trial lawyers, J.L.'s influence appears across domains and 'it's hard to exaggerate the extent to which [his] pioneering ideas have penetrated the culture' since." --Publishers Weekly

"Jonathan D. Moreno has written an informative book about an amazing man who, over one hundred years ago, saw improv theater as a way to change the world. Today his ideas are more relevant than ever." --JONATHAN FOX, founder of Playback Theatre and editor of The Essential Moreno

"Impromptu Man captures the remarkable impact of a singular genius, J.L. Moreno, whose creations--the best-known being psychodrama--have shaped our culture in myriad ways, many unrecognized. The record will be set straight for all time by this can't-put-down biography, a tribute by Jonathan D. Moreno to his father's masterly legacy." --DANIEL GOLEMAN, author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

"A splendid account of one the most creative social scientists of the twentieth century. Impromptu Man is filled with fascinating anecdotes, many of them about famous and infamous people, and brilliant insights as to how Moreno's work transformed vast segments of society and eventually eluded his control. This book is frank, funny, fascinating, and long overdue." --STANLEY KRIPPNER, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University

"A captivating memoir cum sixties cultural history by the son of the radical but forgotten psychotherapist who planted the vibrant seeds of our social network society." --SALLY SATEL, MD, coauthor of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

"Jonathan D. Moreno's thoughtful assessment of his father, J.L. Moreno, pays overdue tribute to a pioneering maverick in psychology whose concept of 'psychodrama' also made an important impact in the arts. Tracing Moreno's connections with and influence on such organizations as the Provinc