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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.
An extremely well written and though provoking book. I will be reading it again to make sure all of the information sinks in. Really gets at the question of how did this happen. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jean
Arendt has unique and complex perspectives. Given time, she makes sense. However, I am not entirely in agreement. Good for critical thinkers.Published 6 days ago by John in PA
Hannah Arendt considers the career of one man, Adolf Eichmann, his role in the Holocaust (i.e. the Final Solution), and his trial for these crimes in Jerusalem--and fills this... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ulfilas
A timeless inspection of the machinery and motivations of the Third ReichPublished 1 month ago by Australian Customer
a must read for anyone with a conscience - a staggeringly unbiased view of international law and its arbitrary applicationPublished 1 month ago by K Lee
Arrived on time, very interesting subject matter, as advertised!Published 2 months ago by Life-of-an-Otaku