The Anatomy of Evil

The Anatomy of Evil

by Michael H. Stone MD


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ISBN-13: 9781633883352
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 486
Sales rank: 58,973
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael H. Stone, MD is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the author of ten books, most recently Personality Disorders: Treatable and Untreatable, and over two hundred professional articles and book chapters. From 2006 to 2008, he was the host of Discovery Channel's series Most Evil and has been featured in the New York Times, Psychology Today, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, the London Times, the BBC, and Newsday, among many other media outlets.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One Evil in Peacetime....................27
Chapter Two Crimes of Impulse: Murders of Jealousy and Rage....................53
Chapter Three Other Crimes of Impulse: Emphasis on Antisocial Persons....................85
Chapter Four Murder on Purpose: The Psychopathic Schemers....................115
Chapter Five Spree and Mass Murder: Evil by the Numbers....................141
Chapter Six The Psychopath Hard at Work....................165
Chapter Seven Serial Killers and Torturers....................195
Chapter Eight The Family at Its Worst....................243
Chapter Nine Science Looks at Evil....................285
Final Thoughts....................331
Afterword by Dr. Otto F. Kernberg....................357

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The Anatomy of Evil 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CarolRothgeb-StokesCeeJay More than 1 year ago
Dr. Michael Stone has looked Evil in the eye-and taken its pulse. And now-in his powerful and insightful book, The Anatomy of Evil-he dissects it slowly and carefully, then shares his findings and diagnosis with us. He has forgotten more about Evil than most of us would ever know if it weren't for his fascinating and relentless work. To me, this book is the ABC's of Evil and it has found a permanent home on my desk as an important and invaluable source of information. Good job, Dr. Stone! Carol Rothgeb-Stokes (Author of Hometown Killer and "No One Can Hurt Him Anymore")
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book for a Sociology of violence and aggression course. This book was very insightful in the types of people that commit crimes. People tend to think that they know what makes killers killers or that certain knowledge is simply implicit for them. I was very interested in the different cases, despite their brevity, were very insightful for the purpose of deciding the evilness of an act. I was also surprisingly interested in the neuroscience chapter because Stone made it simplified the science for those less intimate with neurological terns and structure. This book is a must read for anyone who has an interest in studying any aspects of human aggression in its most violent form and for anyone who thinks they know about killers.  
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MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Prepare for a journey though the dark side with today's most widely recognized forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Stone. After years (and hundreds of killers studied) Stone created the Graduations of Evil Scale, and this book is his explanation of the process. The Anatomy of Evil is intense, featuring many profiles of killers, and none of the ones you'd expect. There are no Bundy or Gacy or Dahmer profiles here. And the focus doesn't stay on serial or mass killers at all. Stone also doesn't give a text book regurgitation of facts, but also adds theories on how religion, media and social influences what our ideas of evil are, and how these notorious (often unrepentant) killers fit into that. The Anatomy of Evil is THE definitive work on killer psychology and likely will remain so for a while to come. It also tackles the difficulty of defining evil itself, the causes, effects and way society can deal with it. Stone's style, while academic is not beyond the understanding of even casual interest. The book is an incredible read, infinitely fascinating and should be a mandatory part of every public collection. Its value to research, be it to writers or budding psychiatrists and law enforcement, or just people trying to understand the motives of those around them, is immense. While Stone handles the horrible details without allowing the book to become profane, or gorish it is a hard read just because of the depths of the depravity it explores. But Stone handles the rough subject matter with delicacy and skill, and most of all composure, that most would struggle with. Contains: descriptions of true, horrifying criminal acts including torture, rape and murder
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The Anatomy of Evil by Dr Michael H. Stone is very well written, his research and study on killers is great, and he knows what he is talking about.
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G-B2 More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a psychology class I was taking and I couldn't believe what I read. This is a very interesting book that gave great insight to what makes people evil. I really enjoyed the levels of evil theory. A must read!