The book is a slim 180 pages, with 70 pages of additional notes and bibliography. There are five chapters. The first chapter, Personality Factories, traces the roots of family therapy back to the child guidance, mental hygiene, and marital counseling movements of the 1920s and 1930s. The family became identified, in the collective social mind, as the site for the development of healthy individuals, and by extrapolation, unhealthy families became the “cause” of unhealthy and mentally ill individuals. Family therapy then led us down a dark and disreputable road that demonized families trying to cope with a loved one who had serious mental illness. This tale unfolds, without cynicism, in chapter 2, “Systems Everywhere”: Schizophrenia, Cybernetics, and the Double Bind.