"A combination of contemporary and historical examples brings Baum's thesis to life, helping to possibly explain major events of the past and guide us to a better understanding of the challenges of the present." --Jeff Rudski, Department of Psychology, Muhlenberg College
"Steven K. Baum, the author of The Psychology of Genocide: Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Rescuers, reads widely. One cannot help but be impressed by the breadth of the material he draws on to make his case for the central role of emotional development in determining who will become a perpetrator, who will become a rescuer, and who will simply be a bystander when groups of human beings are targeted for extermination. The extent of his coverage of relevant research by social psychologists is especially admirable;..." --Leonard S. Newman, PsycCRITIQUES
Genocide has tragically claimed the lives of over 262 million victims in the last century. Are there really psychological patterns to these senseless killings? Combining eyewitness accounts with Baum's own analysis, this extraordinary book will prove an invaluable source for students of holocaust studies, psychology of hate and genocide studies.