A Beautiful Mind By Sylvia Nasar

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The book that I read for my report was A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar. The book was published in 1998 by Simon & Schuster. I got the book at Barnes & Noble, and it is one of the best reads I have had in a long time. A Beautiful Mind is a book about a very intelligent mathematician, John Forbes Nash, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. The plot was organized chronologically from the time that he arrived at Princeton University, until he is older and won the Nobel Price. Nasar does not worship the hero that Nash is remembered as; she instead describes the mystery world of schizophrenia as seen by the people most hurt by it.
I learned that the movie gave me a lot of false claims, and confused me with the facts. The movie seemed to be about 20% truth, and the rest was simply style and effects. For many years I have enjoyed the movie and recommended it to friends. I felt guilty after reading the book and finding out how false it was. But then I thought about the truth, John Nash’s life, and the goals of the film. John Nash did not have visual hallucinations. He didn’t see people who weren’t there, and he never imagined a roommate, or a little girl. He often thought he was working for the FBI, or for the world government. He thought he was Royalty, an Arab refugee, Job, Castro, a mouse. He thought he was traveling to Cairo, Kabul, Thebes, Mongolia, or even purgatory, inferno, or some sort of polluted heaven. He lived in constant fear of annihilation, Armageddon, the
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