Sybil Exposed

The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case

By Debbie Nathan; Marguerite Gavin (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, MP3 CD, 9781452655864)

Publication Date: December 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2011 Indie Next List
“The powerful story of Sybil and her personalities has been absorbed into American culture since the 1973 release of the international bestseller. Now, Nathan's thorough investigation and captivating reporting exposes one of the greatest psychiatric hoaxes of all time. Delving deep into the case history and the lives of the three women central to the story of Sybil -- Shirley Mason, renamed Sybil in the book, her doctor Corneial Wilbur, and author Flora Schreiber -- Nathan presents a thoroughly convincing argument detailing how an ambitious doctor with a pet theory played on the damaged psyche of a sensitive, insecure woman to create a psychiatric case that brought them fame and fortune, but not healing.”
-- Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI


Journalist Debbie Nathan reveals the true story behind the famous case of Sybil, the woman with sixteen different personalities.

About the Author

Debbie Nathan is an award-winning journalist, editor, and translator who specializes in writing about immigration, the United States-Mexico border, and sexual politics and sex panics, particularly in relation to women and children. She is the author or coauthor of four books, including Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Debbie now lives in New York City with her husband. Marguerite Gavin has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in nearly every genre. A nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, she was won both AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up awards. AudioFile magazine says "Marguerite Gavin is an accomplished storyteller . . . with a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion, she easily delivers wry humor and moves smoothly from accent to accent, recalling multiple characters perfectly." Marguerite divides her time as an actress between the sound studio and classical theater. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C., area.

Praise For Sybil Exposed

"Leveling a steady eye on her oft-sensationalized subject, Nathan serves up a tale just as shocking as the famed original," ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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