No One Cares About Crazy People
February 6, 2018
Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, an Emmy-winning network commentator, and the author of sixteen books, the latest of which is No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos And Heartbreak Of Mental Health In America, published in March 2017 by Hachette. No One Cares weaves the long and deeply flawed history of attempts to deal with the mentally ill in Europe and then in America, and the personal saga of his two sons, Kevin and Dean, each of whom was struck by schizophrenia. Kevin, a gifted guitarist, took his life in July 2005, a week before his twenty-first birthday. His older brother Dean, a promising writer and musician, was afflicted a few years later, and presently lives with his parents in Vermont at age 35.