The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


In the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Noonday Demon, a moving, eye-opening exploration of PTSD   Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, posttraumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame.

Now, David J. Morris — a war correspondent, former Marine, and PTSD sufferer himself — has written the essential account of this illness. Through interviews with individuals living with PTSD, forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness, and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

Title:The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

    The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Reviews

  • Pouting Always
    Mar 14, 2017

    Honestly did not expect the book to be as good as it turned out to be. I have this assumption problem where things that shouldn't be indicative of anything some how are meaningful to me and so I saw t...

  • HFK
    Feb 15, 2016

    EDIT 28/12: HFK's Best Psychology - War Read in 2016. The Evil Hours is one of those works that keeps you wondering how to really rate it as part of you recognizes its importance but a small part of y...

  • Matt
    Mar 14, 2016

    I do not personally suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, nor does anyone in my family. But my interest in the subject was piqued after my own brush with trauma. I read The Evil Hours, David Mor...

  • Sarah
    Jan 20, 2015

    There are a lot of books out there on PTSD and trauma. This one stands out, however, for its thorough and compassionate examination of PTSD and its many manifestations. While most of the book focuses ...

  • Richard Burbach
    Feb 01, 2015

    Wow! Left me speechless. Everyone should read this passionate expose -- whether one has PTSD, knows one who has PTSD or cares about America's health or our politics. The cost of war is laid bare despi...

  • Roger DeBlanck
    Oct 19, 2016

    The Evil Hours by David J. Morris is a remarkable piece of scholarship and literature. As a former Marine veteran and war correspondent living and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, Morris o...

  • Timothy Hurley
    Feb 17, 2015

    David Morris's book The Evil Hours is subtitled a Biography of Post Traumatic Syndrome. It is that. He has exhaustively researched psychological trauma from war, rape, accident and woven this interest...

  • Chris
    Apr 08, 2015

    Informative. Insightful. Soulful. Morris has taken on Marlantes' role as an interpreter of war and succeeded admirably. Every person who knows a veteran who has gone to war should read this book. Surp...

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
    Dec 19, 2016

    As you can see by the addition of this book to my for-my-future-office shelf, this is one that I want to use in my career, a career which will be marked by dealing with people who have PTSD. I want to...

  • Nathan Albright
    May 10, 2016

    A few diseases have served as the subject of extensive biographies. Cancer has spawned the book The Emperor Of Maladies. Depression was the subject of the melancholy book The Noonday Demon, part of my...

About David J. Morris

Dave Morris is a San Diego-based writer, photographer and teacher. A former Marine infantry officer, he has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for Slate, Salon and the Virginia Quarterly Review since 2003. His 2006 dispatch from Iraq, titled “The Big Suck: Notes from the Jarhead Underground’ was included in the Best American Nonrequired Reading series.His writing has been featured on Nationa