Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend

Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend

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by Barbara Oakley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1591026652

ISBN-13: 9781591026655

Pub. Date: 10/01/2008

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Have you ever heard of a person who left you wondering, "How could someone be so twisted? So evil?" Prompted by clues in her sister’s diary after her mysterious death, author Barbara Oakley takes the reader inside the head of the kinds of malevolent people you know, perhaps all too well, but could never understand. 

Starting with psychology as a frame of

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Have you ever heard of a person who left you wondering, "How could someone be so twisted? So evil?" Prompted by clues in her sister’s diary after her mysterious death, author Barbara Oakley takes the reader inside the head of the kinds of malevolent people you know, perhaps all too well, but could never understand. 

Starting with psychology as a frame of reference, Oakley uses cutting-edge images of the working brain to provide startling support for the idea that "evil" people act the way they do mainly as the result of a dysfunction. In fact, some deceitful, manipulative, and even sadistic behavior appears to be programmed genetically—suggesting that some people really are born to be bad.

Oakley links the latest findings of molecular research to a wide array of seemingly unrelated historical and current phenomena, from the harems of the Ottomans and the chummy jokes of "Uncle Joe" Stalin, to the remarkable memory of investor Warren Buffet. Throughout, she never loses sight of the personal cost of evil genes as she unravels the mystery surrounding her sister’s enigmatic life—and death. 

Evil Genes is a tour-de-force of popular science writing that brilliantly melds scientific research with intriguing family history and puts both a human and scientific face to evil.

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ISBN-13:
9781591026655
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
459
Sales rank:
544,396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
monicaKY More than 1 year ago
I keep going back to this book. You know how sometimes you just "know" there's something not quite right with someone? Barbara Oakley has lined up those little tidbits that make us wonder and produced a remarkable book. I look at people a little differently now...especially politicians
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very in depth look at mental illness, specifically personality disorders, mostly as they relate to world leaders. She also throws in some personal history with a description of her sister. I found it fascinating and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books and references throughout my Undergrad in Psychology. I constantly recommended it and loaned it out. even Clinical psychologist loved it. I thought it ended then. I went back for a masters in business and reopened and re-recommended it. I have loant it to evolutionary biologist and psychologist and government officals and no one was unimpressed with the unique research insight, the sense of humor and  and adept insight into human nature; for victims of the successful sinister as well as those who may struggle in finding their place after a diagnose described.
WordSmithMM More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down as you begin to understand why some people's brains are different, resulting in inhumane behaviors. Well written and easy to understand for a layperson. Very enlightening.
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