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“Tomasulo’s memoir gives a voice to those who otherwise wouldn’t have one. It reaches into the very heart of what is possible when people are given support, compassion, and an opportunity to thrive.”

- Scott Barry Kaufman, author of Ungifted and Wired to Create (with Carolyn Gregoire)

“Dan Tomasulo's tale of hope and grit explores a dark blemish in American history, re-framing the narrative—both of his own life and that of his patients—through hard work and compassion, and irrevocably altering the civil rights discourse about how we care for the most severely intellectually disabled in this country. If you want people to change for the better, you have to change their situation. American Snake Pit shows with courage and compassion how this can be done. From my viewpoint, this is the formula for hope.”

- Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and author of The Lucifer Effect

“Equally harrowing and transcendent in its telling, Tomasulo's revealing tale balances on the boundary of what it is to be human, and to endure with dignity and compassion.”

- Barnet Bain, Core Faculty, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University; author of The Book of Doing and Being; and producer, What Dreams May Come