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The Anatomy of Evil

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    If you are interested in True Crime, "The Anatomy of Evil is a MUST READ!!!

    Dr. Michael Stone has looked Evil in the eye-and taken its pulse. And now-in his powerful and insightful book, The Anatomy of Evil-he dissects it slowly and carefully, then shares his findings and diagnosis with us. He has forgotten more about Evil than most of us would ever know if it weren't for his fascinating and relentless work. To me, this book is the ABC's of Evil and it has found a permanent home on my desk as an important and invaluable source of information. Good job, Dr. Stone!

    Carol Rothgeb-Stokes (Author of Hometown Killer and "No One Can Hurt Him Anymore")

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    I just finished this book for a Sociology of violence and aggres

    I just finished this book for a Sociology of violence and aggression course. This book was very insightful in the types of people that commit crimes. People tend to think that they know what makes killers killers or that certain knowledge is simply implicit for them. I was very interested in the different cases, despite their brevity, were very insightful for the purpose of deciding the evilness of an act. I was also surprisingly interested in the neuroscience chapter because Stone made it simplified the science for those less intimate with neurological terns and structure. This book is a must read for anyone who has an interest in studying any aspects of human aggression in its most violent form and for anyone who thinks they know about killers.  

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

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    Disturbing

    Prepare for a journey though the dark side with today's most widely recognized forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Stone. After years (and hundreds of killers studied) Stone created the Graduations of Evil Scale, and this book is his explanation of the process. The Anatomy of Evil is intense, featuring many profiles of killers, and none of the ones you'd expect. There are no Bundy or Gacy or Dahmer profiles here. And the focus doesn't stay on serial or mass killers at all.
    Stone also doesn't give a text book regurgitation of facts, but also adds theories on how religion, media and social influences what our ideas of evil are, and how these notorious (often unrepentant) killers fit into that. The Anatomy of Evil is THE definitive work on killer psychology and likely will remain so for a while to come. It also tackles the difficulty of defining evil itself, the causes, effects and way society can deal with it. Stone's style, while academic is not beyond the understanding of even casual interest. The book is an incredible read, infinitely fascinating and should be a mandatory part of every public collection. Its value to research, be it to writers or budding psychiatrists and law enforcement, or just people trying to understand the motives of those around them, is immense. While Stone handles the horrible details without allowing the book to become profane, or gorish it is a hard read just because of the depths of the depravity it explores. But Stone handles the rough subject matter with delicacy and skill, and most of all composure, that most would struggle with.
    Contains: descriptions of true, horrifying criminal acts including torture, rape and murder

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Worth the Money!

    The Anatomy of Evil by Dr Michael H. Stone is very well written, his research and study on killers is great, and he knows what he is talking about.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    Interesting!

    I read this book for a psychology class I was taking and I couldn't believe what I read. This is a very interesting book that gave great insight to what makes people evil. I really enjoyed the levels of evil theory. A must read!

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