Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl - 7.5/10
Man, what a tough read. Man's Search for Meaning is the story of how the author Viktor Frankl not only survived the Nazi concentration camps of WW2 but managed to note and study the psychology of how men dealt with the harshest and most hopeless life imaginable. From describing the scraps of food they were given to the beatings they received to how some men would turn on their friends, this book delves into an incredibly deep and dark side of humanity few have lived to tell about. I almost feel like I cannot rate this book, but I will try.
The book is purely educational. Rather than focus on his own suffering in the camps Frankl describes what he himself as well as other inmates went through psychologically in the camps. From the various stages new arrivals would go through to the way the prisoners were slow to realize they were actually free at liberation, Frankl documents his time in the concentration camps through the incredible lens of psychology.
I give this a 7.5/10 mostly as the second half of the book is literally a sort of textbook on Frankl's therapy "logo therapy" which in all honesty was unreadable to me. The first half however is a deep dive into what life was like in the heart of perhaps the very darkest moment in human history.
I highly recommend reading this book if nothing else but to learn some valuable lessons. The message I received from Frankl: Regardless of the situations you are forced into the way you decide to react to the situation is your choice alone and in many ways will determine the outcome.