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“If any single work could bring mankind to its senses, this book might qualify for that miracle. . . . This book is the product of one of the most penetrating, most mature minds of our time.” ―Lewis Mumford
“In this perhaps most important of his pioneering theoretical works, the distinguished author writes with brilliant insight in attempting to break the deadlock in the struggle between the instinctivism of Konrad Lorenz . . . and behaviorist B.F. Skinner. He moves toward a provocative conclusion which involves a critical revision of Freud's theory of a "death instinct" in man. . . . Fromm's studies of Stalin and Himmler, and especially his penetrating psychobiography of Hitler, fascinatingy support his thesis.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“Rich and provocative . . . a major book from the pen of a major writer.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“Fromm is an original thinker. . . . His analysis of the causes of destructiveness is unique, and he has an enviable skill in the lucid presentation of intricate material.” ―Atlantic Monthly
“By far the best book I have ever read on the subject and by far the most absorbing.” ―Ashley Montagu
Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His other major works include The Art of Loving, Escape from Freedom, and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.
This book proves without a doubt that the answer is no. With all the violence going around the world, it is easy to believe otherwise, but Fromm makes a very convincing argument.Published 2 months ago by Sinan Topuz
Best read for an in-depth understanding of modern war and violence.Published 4 months ago by Baron Heart
Erich Fromm is a wonderful contribution to anyone who is curious and wants to be so. He was a brilliant psychoanalyst. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carol E. Smaldino
I read this in the 1970's and was greatly impressed, because I was a child during WWII and often wondered about how and why some personalities were so inhumane. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Deborah W. Seigman
This is a great attempt to de-instinctivise human destrctiveness. While critics ma be able to poke holes into the theory, I liked that fact that the author has gone to great... Read morePublished 14 months ago by vishdes
The hierarchy of power is endlessly more destructive than protective. What do we call this---sadism, aloofness, superiority over the inferiors who do not deserve to live, profit... Read morePublished 17 months ago by James G. Donat
Made think a lot about human behaviour... My behaviour, to be precise. Could have an impact eventually on my thought processes..Published 18 months ago by pam rajan
I often find myself referencing this book in various conversations that I have about human behavior. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karen