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Far from being evil incarnate, as the prosecution painted Eichmann, Arendt maintains that he was an average man, a petty bureaucrat interested only in furthering his career, and the evil he did came from the seductive power of the totalitarian state and an unthinking adherence to the Nazi cause. Indeed, Eichmann's only defense during the trial was "I was just following orders."
Arendt's analysis of the seductive nature of evil is a disturbing one. We would like to think that anyone who would perpetrate such horror on the world is different from us, and that such atrocities are rarities in our world. But the history of groups such as the Jews, Kurds, Bosnians, and Native Americans, to name but a few, seems to suggest that such evil is all too commonplace. In revealing Eichmann as the pedestrian little man that he was, Arendt shows us that the veneer of civilization is a thin one indeed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Once you start reading this book you do not want to put it down.
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt is one of the most disturbing books that I have read in a long while.
This book is even better today than when it was written, and one of the most important books of its, or any, time.
I would give it 5 stars. A brilliantly written account not only of his Trial but of the Holocaust as well !Published 7 days ago by Meyer M Levit
As an youth I was force fed Anne Frank diary - or tragic hoax as some see it- a tragedy for cult. The Arendt book, the eye opener, is real confrontation of the meaning US and them... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Zdenek Hanzlik
Almost fifty years after Hannah Arendt wrote her book on the Eichmann trial enough new evidence about Eichmann and the Holocaust has surfaced to allow a general evaluation of... Read morePublished 24 days ago by N. Ravitch
Having recently watched the film on Hannah Arendt, I was moved to re-read her her 1963-64 book. It was worthwhile doing so as the film left me thinking maybe she got it so wrong. Read morePublished 24 days ago by "Belgo Geordie"
A great book which has not fared well. As Eichmann Before Jerusalem shows, Arendt was a little naive in her interpretation of Eichmann, although the banality of the man and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan
not for a reader without previous knowledge of current events of that time. She made a lot of references i did not understandPublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Bickel
This work raised a lot of controversy in its time. I decided to read it because of Valerie Hartouni's work. I am glad I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Medine
Well written, extensive and well documented!
I did not mention what happened to Eichmann's wife and children.
I would like to know more about his life in Argentina.