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Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
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Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

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by Eyal Press
 

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"A fascinating study in the better angels of our nature."—George Packer, The New Yorker

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

History has produced many specimens of the banality of evil, but what about its flip side, what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention? Through these dramatic stories

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Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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sok More than 1 year ago
After Chris Hayes gave it such a great review on his program, I had to read it--he was right! Well written and very interesting. The four individuals written about from different backgrounds, countries and time periods were great examples of how some people choose to apply their values of right and wrong to do the right thing. Even though it is not written from a religious perspective, it still reinforced what I have learned about the saints and/or martyrs from Roman times to the present--Mother Teresa, Damien of Molokai, the Irish Catholics in England, the Catholics during the Jacobin Revolution in France, the martyrs of Nagasaki, slaves in America, Native Americans, The Holocaust and so on. I could especially relate to the last person who stood up to her employer and tried to expose their financial wrongdoings to their investors.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent study of frequently ignored issue of what makes ordinary people risk greatly for strangers. Unsettling, thoughtful, hard to put down.
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Fresh look at topic
ordinary1 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Press is initially astonished that his subjects are not the rebellious intellectuals he imagined them to be but rather quiet people leading ordinary lives. Why is that Mr. Press? Your comment smacks of elitist snobbery to me. Astonished to actually realize that "ordinary" people have class, decency and ethics? Memo to Eyal Press: "Ordinary" people have far more sense of what's right and wrong than a plethora of warehouses full of "intellectual academics." But I gather that's too hard to comprehend from your throne high up in your ivory tower. Thank God for the "ordinary" people of the world.