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  • Hardcover: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027263
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For centuries we have defended against the incarnate reality of evil by intellectualizing it, often traveling along the meandering and ethereal avenues of philosophy and theology. Dr. Stone brings evil to earth--the perpetrators, the acts, and the victims--as a force that is instantly recognizable because it makes our skin crawl." --J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., Forensic Psychologist author, The Psychopathic Mind

[P]sychiatrist Stone (Personality Disorders) provides an etymology of evil with case studies of over 600 violent criminals, giving readers a comprehensive picture of the nature and varieties of human evil." --Library Journal, Xpress Reviews; June 26, 2009, Melissa Mallon, Univ. of Pittsburgh Johnstown Lib., PA

"Psychiatrist Michael Stone is the Einstein of Evil. Or, rather, Stone is the forensic psychoanalyst who has journeyed into the strange universe of murder, torture and savagery, to forge a Unified Theory of Evil he calls the 'Gradations of Evil Scale.'...This is a scientific thriller and we are all victims of real Evil, which is why this book is impossible to put down. Which of the many suspects will Stone finger for true Evil? Is it Nature or nurture? Or is it brain injury, sex abuse, drugs or the fabled 'Bad Seed?' To give away the ending of such a compelling thriller would itself be an act of evil." --Kieran Crowley, New York Times bestselling author of Almost Paradise

About the Author

Michael H. Stone, MD (New York, NY) is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the author of ten books, most recently Personality Disorders: Treatable and Untreatable, and over two hundred professional articles and book chapters. He is also the host of Discovery Channel’s former series Most Evil and has been featured in the New York Times, Psychology Today, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, the London Times, the BBAC, and Newsday, among many other media outlets.

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Pretty easy read, very interesting!
Piper Rillis
Not to suggest that Dr. Stone will someday do something horrible himself, but is there not a possibility that he will somehow be psychically effected or traumatized?
Mr. Mambo
Dr. Michael Stone has looked Evil in the eye--and taken its pulse.
Carol Rothgeb-Stokes

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Y. Liu on July 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In "Anatomy of Evil," Dr. Stone (known for his Discovery Channel show, "Most Evil") defines and expands upon the "scale of evil" he uses on the series. Going much further in depth and scholarly analysis than in that excellent series (yet remaining accessible from a lay person's point of view), he defines "evil" against a backdrop of religious, philosophical and psychological debate, favoring in the end a usage that is really separate from those disciplines, and that emerges from contemporary consensus (culled from newscasts, reports, the sentences by a judge, etc.). An important feature of the book is that Stone focuses chiefly here on heinous acts in peacetime (as opposed to in the name of one warring faction, political regime, or another, which Stone suggests would be material for an entirely separate book). Stone has distilled hundreds of true crime books and a vast catalogue of the human cruelty into a compelling and chilling book. He has also interviewed serial killers in prison and mental hospitals, contributing further to his special insights as a forensic psychiatrist.

On Dr. Stone's scale, the highest numbers (the "most evil") are reserved for those who are both extremely sadistic AND are aware (that is, not driven by hallucinations, or other mental disorder) of their actions (prolonged torture, violent rape, murder, etc.), and who show little or no remorse afterward. Like Dante's Inferno, with its descending circles of Hell that Stone refers to in his chapter headings, "The Anatomy of Evil" is a sophisticated, subtle, and uncompromising analysis of the worst in humanity (including contemporary examples, such as Joseph Fritzl, the Austrian father who raped his daughter and kept her and their children in a dungeon beneath his home for decades).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By southpaw68 VINE VOICE on February 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Stone has written a solid account of how violent criminals operate and what their characteristics are. He provides a lot of summaries about some of the worst criminals and does some scientific analysis of why they commit violent acts. The book goes between pure academic analysis and sensational story telling; it is neither of both. He has a love of the classics and shows off some of his learning by making references to them, especially Dante's Inferno, which he uses as a scale for how evil each violent criminal is. I did not understand the purpose behind ratings though. The book lacks original insight into the subject. Given the subject, it is disturbing reading at times. When they are not committing violent acts, these criminals can seem rather normal.

As far as violent criminals' characteristics go, they often have the three characteristics in their youth of violence against pet animals, fire-starting, and bed wetting. In their adult years, they may move on to violence against humans. Often these children grow up unloved, unwanted, and abused. These violent criminals are narcissistic and lack empathy for other people's feelings. They have failed to become socialized by good parental care. Occasionally, violent criminals can come from good homes though. They often deny their crimes and show no remorse for their actions. Stone thinks that both genes and environment influence violent behavior in a 50/50 split. Sometimes these criminals have had a severe head injury which reduces their inhibitions or they are on drugs or alcohol which reduces their inhibitions to do evil. They no longer have the mental "brakes" to stop acting out violent fantasies. Although most people have violent fantasies, only rarely do individuals act them out.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Anderson on September 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What's the fuss all about here? I found this book to be very pedestrian.

Now, I don't know Dr. Stone from Adam's housecat. I was coming to this book with a simple interest in psychology. My guess is a lot of the reviewers were more just fans of Dr. Stone's TV show.

I found the book to be very simplistic. The author seems to have merely created 23 "buckets" for different types of murder - from an impulsive jealousy killing to psycopathic torture. He then plugs in some very short case histories (many from the true crime lit) to illustrate each.

There is also some background, but I found that very sketchy. One reviewer, for example, mentioned liking Stone's explaining jealousy using evolutionary psychology. To me, this was actually about as basic as could be. If you've never been exposed to it, cool. Otherwise, though ... (If you want something in a little more depth, try David Buss's The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill).

Finally, I found Stone's style rather mind-numbing. Other reviewers have mentioned the repetition. I, personally, felt talked down to, like I was back in 2nd grade.

Overall, this might be worth a couple of stars for someone who's already a fan of the TV show. For anyone else, though ...
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34 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Chris O'Leary on August 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was very interested in this book, and the ideas it puts forth, until I came across the material on Charles Whitman, the University of Texas tower shooter who killed 14 people. The problem with the Whitman case is that he had a brain tumor in the region of the brain that controls emotions. I wouldn't have had a problem if he had been excluded from the book because of this, but for the author to include someone with such a confounding medical history, and to ignore the implications it has for the author's theory, is problematic and makes me question the author's conclusions.
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Michael H. Stone, MD (New York, NY) is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the author of ten books, most recently Personality Disorders: Treatable and Untreatable, and over two hundred professional articles and book chapters. He is also the host of Discovery Channel's former series Most Evil and has been featured in the New York Times, Psychology Today, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, the London Times, the BBAC, and Newsday, among many other media outlets.

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