'Remarkable ... Books such as Perry's provide the tools to question such authority. Reading Behind the Shock Machine becomes an act of creative disobedience.'
Matthew Lamb, The Australian
'A parable, and a warning, about what happens when research scientists trample over their human subjects on the road to personal posterity. Gina Perry has written a necessary and gripping book.'
Maria Tumarkin, author of OTHERLAND
'A compelling and highly recommended book ... reminds us of the dangers of stripping people of their humanity for the sake of research. We must remember that the goal of psychology is human wellbeing, and this cannot be achieved by rendering people as little more than subjects and data.'
'[R]aises an important question. Do we hold up the controlled variable experiment as more scientific and a greater way to further knowledge than observing the actual real human experience?'
'Fascinating ... a complex mixture of compelling drama, unexpected revelations, and just plain-old good storytelling.'
'A gripping analysis.'
'It’s rare that an original event as compelling as the Milgram experiments can be eclipsed by later commentary, but that’s exactly what Perry manages in her painstaking and engrossing exploration of what really went on.'
'Rewarding and entertaining ... easily accessible to laypersons—yet it’s incisive enough to appeal to other psychologists as well.'
‘An intriguing tale about science, ethics and storytelling.’
Fiona Capp, The Age
'A compelling, thought-provoking account ... intensely human, readable and riveting ... A must-read.'
The Psychologist (UK)
'Questions arise when you think about the points [Gina Perry] has made ... social psychology is growing up now. It will have to do better.'
The Times (London)
'[A] revelatory book.'
‘Elegant and well written.’
'There may be no studies of the 20th century more haunting - or more revealing of human beings at their best and worst - than Stanley Milgram's still famous work. And here, finally, is a book that illuminates Milgram and his research subjects in riveting, compassionate detail. Read Behind the Shock Machine for its insightful look at human nature. And read it, too, because it is an absolutely compelling and terrific story.'
Deborah Blum, author of LOVE AT GOON PARK: HARRY HARLOW AND THE SCIENCE OF AFFECTION
'A page-turner ... an intriguing read.'
'Superb ... [a] provocative magnum opus ... full of new information and insights, written with a literary flair so engaging and absorbing that I found it hard to put down.'
Thomas Blass, author of THE MAN WHO SHOCKED THE WORLD and leading Milgram scholar
'The very best psych book I've ever read ... a page-turner as good as any mystery.'
Susan Whitbourne, Psychology Today
'Wonderful ... will finally shake the complacency that has surrounded discussions of this study for so long.'
Ian Nicholson, psychologist and Milgram scholar
'An absorbing account of Stanley Milgram, his subjects and the continuing quest to understand what it means to be human.'
David Baker, Director of the Archives of the History of American Psychology
'Confronting ... fascinating.'
Sherryl Clark, author of DYING TO TELL ME
‘Fundamentally challenges the way scholars interpret Milgram and his experiments.’