The authors, a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist, reveal their enthusiasm for the topic of consumer-oriented services throughout the book (and in the postscript, they describe what drew them to the subject). They present a wealth of information from around the world, referenced with care. The book, originally in German, has been beautifully translated and updated for the English-language edition. As we read about consumer-developed recovery programs from the United States, Australia, and several European countries, recovery-oriented treatment systems from Scotland to Ohio, and the global involvement of the World Psychiatric Association, it becomes apparent that the recovery concept has had a significant impact on service delivery in a large number of developed countries, often with government support. America's earlier consumer-driven reform movement, the Mental Hygiene Movement of the early 20th century, did not have this broad an impact. This is something we cannot afford to ignore, particularly since, as with the Mental Hygiene Movement, the stimulus for the recovery concept has been the perception of widespread deficits in the adequacy of psychiatric care.