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Evil : An Investigation - Lance Morrow


An Investigation

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780465047550
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

Introductionp. 1
The Globalization of Evilp. 15
Humor's Cousinp. 21
A Current Through the Worldp. 26
Why Do They Do It?p. 34
The Hermit's Talep. 39
A Catastrophic Educationp. 45
The Axis of Wrongp. 49
Sarajevo: Lex Talionisp. 57
The Rifleman's Dilemmap. 74
Jean Valjean at Wendy'sp. 89
Visigoths in the Brainp. 95
The Axe in Spacep. 101
What Have Children to Do with It?p. 113
The Triumph of Goneril and Reganp. 125
Tu Quoquep. 134
The Rattlesnake in the Mailboxp. 144
Permissible Evilp. 149
Taking Responsibility for the Regimep. 157
Office Malignitiesp. 163
The Consolations of Literaturep. 167
Us and Themp. 175
The Face's Secretsp. 179
Club Med for Monstersp. 186
Sade, Cobain, and the Pleasures of Evilp. 199
Gourmets and Monkey Brainsp. 208
The Limits of Silencep. 218
The Argument from Designp. 227
It Is Always a Storyp. 231
The Lessons of Mein Kampfp. 236
What Nachtwey Seesp. 241
The Quest for Purityp. 245
The Foxes Lose Heartp. 251
Czerniakow's Choicep. 255
Hopep. 259
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780465047550
ISBN-10: 0465047556
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition