When Robert Hine's daughter, Elene, first showed signs of unhappiness as a little girl, no one dreamed she would grow up to have a serious personality disorder. As an early 'baby boomer', Elene reached adolescence and young womanhood in the midst of the counterculture years. Her father, a respected professor of American history at the University of California, shares the story of his family's struggle to keep Elene on track and functional, to see her through her troubles with delusions, medication, and eventually to help her raise her own children.
Robert V. Hine is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Irvine. His academic fields of interest include utopian communities and the cultural and intellectual history of the American West. He has authored or co-authored many books, the most recent of which is The American West: A New Interpretive History, with John Mack Faragher.