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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.
not for a reader without previous knowledge of current events of that time. She made a lot of references i did not understandPublished 1 day 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 2 days 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.
Really Interesting Book That Is A great Follow Up To "The House On Gibraltar Street". Truly Fascinating Account By A Renowned Author That Provides Valuable Insight Into... Read morePublished 6 days ago by John Ford
A book that needs to be read by everyone. Her prose is accessible, subject matter fascinating and notions profound. Read it even if you disagree with the conclusion. Read morePublished 8 days ago by MCW
This is a very important book, which I discovered so late, but still so important in the contemporary Hollywood world where so many Nazi and Jews victims films are made and viewed... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Fu Daiwie
Hannah Arendt's controversial report on the trial of Adolph Eichmann is one that refuses to view the event in black and white terms meaning that Eichmann is to be seen as a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Omelianchuk