About the Author
Jan Rainwater describes herself as "a lifelong anti-fascist
and pro-humanist who believes that governments and people should
tell the truth". She did graduate work in American History
at The Johns Hopkins University under C. Vann Woodward, worked in
the presidential campaigns of Henry Wallace, Adlai Stevenson and
the Democratic opponents of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, was a
Peace Corps psychologist in Colombia, and visited Nicaragua, other
Central American countries and Cuba with different delegations including
Witness for Peace and Food First.
She is retired as a
clinical psychologist in private practice (Ph.D. from UC Berkeley,
1964) and has led over 500 workshops on five continents, most recently
training psychotherapists in Russia,
the Czech Republic, Slovenia and other Eastern European countries
in gestalt therapy and psychosythesis.
Her 1979 self-help book, You're
in Charge: A Guide to Becoming Your Own Therapist, has
been translated into eleven languages.
She was a writer long
before she became a psychologist. Her biggest project, still in
progress, has the working title: From
the New Deal to the Raw Deal: An Annotated Chronology of the Events
that Have Changed the United States. A longtime political
activist (civil rights, Vietnam War, anti-nukes, Nicaragua, etc.)
she is currently most outraged by the invasion of Iraq, the continuing
war crimes there, the stolen election of 2004, and the policies
that the White House is foisting onto the American public
tax cuts for the rich, the Patriot Act, and so on.
(Past prominent outrages
included the bombing of Afghanistan, the Supreme Court-Republican
theft of the 2000 presidential election, the illegal US-NATO war
against Yugoslavia, the covert actions of the CIA, the contra-cocaine
connection that was re-exposed by Gary Webb, the Iran-Contra affair,
the Reagan attempt to roll back the New Deal,---- and so on.)
She has been a board
member of numerous political organizations and was a minor researcher
for Barbara Trent's documentary film, Coverup:
Behind the Iran-Contra Affair. And a Friend, Mother,
Grandmother, Gardener and Householder.
In an earlier phase
of life as a faculty wife and cub scout den mother she did photojournalism
and wrote children's books. She is widowed and lives in Pacific
Palisades with her dog, TomPaine.
For her connection with
Yugoslavia, see the preface to the sixth edition of the Serbian
translation of You're in Charge.