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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.
It is a very interesting presentation of specifics regarding a high-ranking Nazi who was involved in the killing of millions of Jews and other peoples of Europe. Read morePublished 9 days ago by D. Williams
Actually I can't tell you if I liked this this book or not because I didn't read it. I intended to buy the book Eichmann Before Jerusalem and ordered this one in error. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Betty C. Mccann
I know this is an old book but it is still valuable for those of us who ask ourselves "how could the holocaust happen." It does try to help answer that big question.Published 19 days ago by NoGiftsPlease
Perspectives on events like WWII take time to understand but Ms Arendt did an amazing job trying to put it on paper and figure out what was happening in the heads of these... Read morePublished 27 days ago by B. Smith
Excellent Seller! Highly recommended!Published 29 days ago by History of Medicine - History of Medicine
I finished this work none the wiser, but better informed. Valuable as all eye-witness accounts are, it is nonetheless a moot point as to whether the ultimate Nazi bureaucrat is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Jakobsen
Very inspiring book. Smart woman and very bold yet innovative arguments.Published 1 month ago by Joy