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"If any single work could bring mankind to its senses, this book might qualify for that miracle. . . . This book is the product of one of the most penetrating, most mature minds of our time."--Lewis Mumford
"In this perhaps most important of his pioneering theoretical works, the distinguished author writes with brilliant insight in attempting to break the deadlock in the struggle between the instinctivism of Konrad Lorenz . . . and behaviorist B.F. Skinner. He moves toward a provocative conclusion which involves a critical revision of Freud's theory of a "death instinct" in man. . . . Fromm's studies of Stalin and Himmler, and especially his penetrating psychobiography of Hitler, fascinatingy support his thesis."--Publisher's Weekly
"Rich and provocative . . . a major book from the pen of a major writer."--the Washington Post Book World
"Fromm is an original thinker. . . . His analysis of the causes of destructiveness is unique, and he has an enviable skill in the lucid presentation of intricate material."--Atlantic Monthly
"By far the best book I have ever read on the subject and by far the most absorbing."—Ashley Montagu
"A work of broad scope and prodigious scholarship . . . immensely instructive and stimulating."
Posted October 27, 2002
THE ANATOMY OF HUMAN DESTRUCTIVENESS is an absolutely riveting explanation of the human mind. It should be mandated reading in every classroom in the world. Fromm gives complete and thorough anthropological & biological analyses in the beginning of his monumental work. Then he carefully and thoroughly dissects each type of destructive motivations which cause humans to harm each other. His analyses range from minor harm to the absolutely horrific (i.e. the Holocaust). I was particularly interested in his explanations of how easily manipulated entire populations of people are. Everything Fromm wrote was thoroughly researched and completely documented in this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2001
I first read Fromm in 1966 while in grad school. I picked up his copy of Anatomy of Human Destructiveness and was captivated by his perception into the minds of those who can destroy and corrupt others and civilizations. His references to man and his shallow and hollow abyss, man's ability to transfer his own evil thoughts, actions and justifications into a real world event and man's subtle but effective means to destroy others slowly and methodically holds a very frigthening meaning today. I am re-reading it and will ask my committee members and fellow partners to read this book. I highly recommend it for those who want to know more about why we, as man and woman, replace spirit,love and compassion with evil and unrully justifiable acts. Rationalization takes a whole new meaning here... a must read and re-read...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.