Evil: An Investigation / Edition 1

Evil: An Investigation / Edition 1

by Lance Morrow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465047556

ISBN-13: 9780465047550

Pub. Date: 09/06/2004

Publisher: Basic Books


At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evil remains as potent and radical a force in the world as it has ever been. We all know evil when we encounter it-in the villains of history like Hitler and Stalin, in the routine brutality that makes the nightly news, in the hateful violence of terrorists and sociopaths-but the phenomenon of evil has long resisted…  See more details below

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evil remains as potent and radical a force in the world as it has ever been. We all know evil when we encounter it-in the villains of history like Hitler and Stalin, in the routine brutality that makes the nightly news, in the hateful violence of terrorists and sociopaths-but the phenomenon of evil has long resisted explanation. In this singular survey of this mysterious but all too often palpable force, veteran Time magazine essayist Lance Morrow offers a sustained look at the unmistakable ways evil manifests itself in history and in the human heart. This is a provocative meditation on the role evil plays in shaping human history, a timely analysis of how this primitive force can be understood in a modern society of high-tech, sensationalized brutality, and a daring exploration of why evil may be necessary in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465047550
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/06/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Globalization of Evil15
2Humor's Cousin21
3A Current Through the World26
4Why Do They Do It?34
5The Hermit's Tale39
6A Catastrophic Education45
7The Axis of Wrong49
8Sarajevo: Lex Talionis57
9The Rifleman's Dilemma74
10Jean Valjean at Wendy's89
11Visigoths in the Brain95
12The Axe in Space101
13What Have Children to Do with It?113
14The Triumph of Goneril and Regan125
15Tu Quoque134
16The Rattlesnake in the Mailbox144
17Permissible Evil149
18Taking Responsibility for the Regime157
19Office Malignities163
20The Consolations of Literature167
21Us and Them175
22The Face's Secrets179
23Club Med for Monsters186
24Sade, Cobain, and the Pleasures of Evil199
25Gourmets and Monkey Brains208
26The Limits of Silence218
27The Argument from Design227
28It Is Always a Story231
29The Lessons of Mein Kampf236
30What Nachtwey Sees241
31The Quest for Purity245
32The Foxes Lose Heart251
33Czerniakow's Choice255
34Hope259
Index267

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