Boomer Guru: How M. Scott Peck Guided Millions But Lost Himself on the Road Less Traveled


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This biography of “the nation’s shrink” is that rare account: a psychiatrist on the couch. In the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of women wrote to psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, MD, to thank him for helping them find fresh meaning in their lives through his ground-breaking self-help book, The Road Less Traveled (1978), which spent more than a decade on the New York Times Best Seller List. Through his workshops, appearances on Oprah and elsewhere, and because he was a psychiatrist, Peck made self-help respectable for a wide-ranging audience. Yet his own life was in turmoil.

A classic wounded healer and control freak, Peck made life difficult for his family, not least by his extramarital affairs. Boomer Guru explores Peck’s dichotomy in a deeply researched biography based primarily on hours of recorded interviews with the frank but conflicted guru. Peck’s The Road Less Traveled had more than 10 million “boomer” readers. This candid biography of the boomer guru is an intriguing recap both of the times and the man.

Review: “I would recommend the book if you are fascinated by Peck and want to learn much in the way of background information about this fascinating 20th century figure.” — Robert L. Clasen, Amazon.com review

Review: “Provides readers with an engaging look into 20th century U.S. history.” — Kirkus Reviews


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eBook and paperback, North American edition: 2015, Capparoe Books, 210 pages, ISBN: 9780976875116


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Reviews of The Road He Travelled: The Revealing Biography of M. Scott Peck
(UK edition: 2007, Random House/Rider, hardcover)

“The book was eye-opening and an interesting read for ‘Peck groupies’ like me. I’d heard he did not practice what he preached, but I had no idea to what extent, or how much of his life was filled with demons.” — Vickie Marton, GoodReads.com

“A realistic reporting of the life of M. Scott Peck … reveals not a saintly ‘self actualized’ icon but a struggling human being for whom life was difficult much as it was for people like Jacob from the Bible. This is a good piece of work for those who are interested in the life of this writer and visionary.” — Jack Zaffos, Amazon.com review

“Peck cooperated with this book. He kept pushing for collaboration, but Arthur Jones – who has a fine portfolio as a writer, journalist and biographer – firmly refused. Peck cooperated anyway, perhaps realizing that this was his best opportunity to explain himself. Indeed, Jones quotes liberally from the lengthy interviews he conducted with Peck. Peck is allowed to tell his story, but not to manipulate the evidence into hagiography because Jones stayed true to the evidence of Peck’s life.” — Patricia Tryon, Amazon.com review