In the end Mandler’s book stands as an outline of the past, not a history. Its value rests with perspective that comes from someone who has been thinking, researching, and writing about topics central to cognitive psychology for over 40 years. He has been a witness to change, someone who has even participated in them, so his insights are valuable and directive.—Canadian Psychology—
Mandler’s history conveys a heightened historical sophistication…. As a participant in the beginnings of cognitive psychology, Mandler offers some unique perspectives…. His text is an informative source for both history and perspective.
—The Journal of General Psychology
Mandler’s volume is a tour de force…. This is no dry recounting of facts and dates. It goes from the meaning and history of the concept of mind, through the psychology of thought and memory…. Any clinician who takes the time to absorb this volume’s offerings will be amply rewarded.
—The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
The book is best in the central chapters on the early Wurzburg school and on the systematic dismantling of what was still one of the world’s great communities of psychological researchers by the Nazis in the 1930’s…. An interesting read that brings controversial historical ideas forward for further discussion and debate.
—Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
This is a splendid book by an author who has himself made an outstanding contribution to cognitive psychology…. The book is much more readable than most texts of its kind, moving smoothly between past and present so as to bring out underlying continuities…. In sum, the story of how a central strand of thinking about mind progressed from early speculations to the cutting edge of cognitive science is told in masterly fashion.