This remarkable collection provides a personal look at Rogers' youth, marriage, and aging, and also addresses personal growth, education, and "client-centered therapy."
The currently popular publishing ploy of presenting as ``readers'' the exemplary writings of individual social scientists here benefits both Carl Rogers (1902-87) and audiences familiar or unfamiliar with his multifaceted work. Most of the selections have been published previously, some as early as 1942, but they are well arranged here, forming a coherent and informative portrait of Rogers as therapist, researcher, theoretician, educator, philosopher, diplomat, and private person. While ``encounter group'' now seems a buzzword past its prime, the form of person-oriented encounter Rogers helped to institutionalize in clinics, schools, and other professional settings is very much a part of contemporary American social theory. Although a few very academic papers are included, this volume will interest general readers (in part if not in full) as well as specialists.-- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.