What They Know about You

Bernard Asbell, Author, Karen Wynn, With Random House (NY) $20 (313p) ISBN 978-0-394-55791-5
Human behavior provides an inexhaustible lode of material for psychologists, sociologists, pollsters, etc., whose research constitutes a veritable industry, observe Asbell ( When FDR Died ) and freelance writer Wynn in an intriguing and often amusing compendium of the experts' studies. In translating the professional jargon into intelligible prose (no small feat), the authors examine such topics as the outer self, the mind's secret life, relationships and crime, and include examples designed to illuminate the reader's own impulses and conception of self. Packed with such esoteric data as the ratio of crime to the full moon, and the fact that 21 of the first 23 astronauts were firstborn or only children, this book should be a rich source of cocktail hour trivia. Author tour. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1991
Release date: 06/01/1991
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