Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
     
 

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"Until now, the world's peoples and governments have done little to prevent or stop mass murdering. Today, the world is not markedly better prepared to end this greatest scourge of humanity. The evidence of this failure is overwhelming. It is to be found in Tibet, North Korea, the former Yugoslavia, Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Rwanda, southern Sudan, Democratic Republic

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"Until now, the world's peoples and governments have done little to prevent or stop mass murdering. Today, the world is not markedly better prepared to end this greatest scourge of humanity. The evidence of this failure is overwhelming. It is to be found in Tibet, North Korea, the former Yugoslavia, Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Rwanda, southern Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Darfur.

Individuals, institutions, and governments, in every region of the world—we all have a choice:

We can persist in our malign neglect that consists of three parts: failing to face the problem squarely and to understand the real nature of genocide; failing to recognize we can far more effectively protect hundreds of millions of people and radically reduce mass murder's incidence; and failing to choose to act on this knowledge.

Or we can focus onthis scourge; understand its causes, its nature and complexity, and its scope and systemic quality; and, building upon that understanding, craft institutions and policies that will save countless lives and also lift the lethal threat under which so many people live.

How can we not choose the second?"

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Editorial Reviews

"Harry Truman, the thirty-third president of the United States, was a mass murderer." With these scorching words, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen begins his global tour of eliminationism, genocide, and other forms of mass slaughter. By exploring the nature and mechanism of these brutal acts, Worse than War exposes them as intended political acts, not merely rare aberrations. No stranger to controversy, the man who wrote Hitler's Willing Executioners approaches his subject with heartening seriousness, turning what could be a mere historical survey into a work of original analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586489007
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
296,852
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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"[A] magisterial and profoundly disturbing 'natural history' of mass murder." —-The New York Times

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Patrick Lawlor has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in just about every genre. He has been an Audie Award finalist several times and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has won a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, numerous Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews, and multiple Editors' Picks, Top 10, and Year's Best lists.

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