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ISBN-13: 978-1567510621 ISBN-10: 1567510620 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567510620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567510621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on May 20, 2008
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i have to agree with one of the other reviewers, simpson's title seems to offer much more than the book delivers. frankly, if he had fully covered money, law, and genocide in the 20th century, the book would have been an extra 20 thousand pages. it consists of 20 chapters that are representative of topics within the title. the chapters are well written and adequate referencing is provided. i also agree that a chapter discussing the relationships between sociopathy and genocide would have filled out the text. in quite a few chapters, i found that, while it discussed what it discussed quite well, there were many topics that were not even mentioned. overall, i think that this is a very good book. it is well worth the price, used, for those studying genocide. you know, another topic that merits attention, somewhat addressed in the book "unholy trinity" is the complicity of those in positions of moral or religious authority and the resolution. again, overall, very good, used.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lion Kuntz on June 20, 2005
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Before considering this book one must read The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us, by Martha Stout, ISBN: 076791581X. One in 25 of us has no conscience, can do anything without guilt or remorse -- that includes reviewers who shrug off mass murders.

Simpson takes on two events: the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Shoah, but he doesn't understand the underlying psychology of sociopaths creating all history. The history of governments is the history of sociopaths taking over. Thomas Paine in Common Sense (ISBN: 0486296024) explained it consisely: " This is supposing the present race of kings in the world to have had an honorable origin; whereas it is more than probable, that could we take off the dark covering of antiquity, and trace them to their first rise, that we should find the first of them nothing better than the principal ruffian of some restless gang, whose savage manners or pre-eminence in subtility obtained him the title of chief among plunderers; and who by increasing in power, and extending his depredations, over-awed the quiet and defenceless to purchase their safety by frequent contributions.", and elsewhere said "Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices." Genocides are wickedness done by governments controlled by sociopaths.

Sociopaths resist laws restraining their wickedness. They reward sycophants who pile on praises for the brutal power to rule without restraints both from beneath and from neighboring powers. International rule of law is kept weak by the predatory nations.
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21 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
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covers in depth the links between international law and business, military intelligence, and mass murder. anyone uncritical of NAFTA, GATT, multinational corporations unbound by morals (yet defined and protected as "individuals" in international law..), will, I hope, be disturbed by the "proud history" of many of our favorite corporate overlords. Explores the ultimate victory of methods and men responsible for the most heinous atrocities committed this century as they escape justice, mostly with the help of our government.
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24 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2001
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A small part of my disappointment springs from the fact that the book's subtitle "Money, Law and Genocide in the Twentieth Century", promises far more than the book delivers. The book covers the Nazi genocide against the Jews, with some background information on the Turkish genocide against the Armenians. So there is no coverage of Cambodia, Tibet, former Yugoslavia or other less well known genocides. Of course, to cover Cambodia, for example, would have ruined the book's title and central theme of western intellectual self-flagellation over everything bad that happens in the world.
But the bigger problem with the book is summed up by the review squib on the back cover: "A savage and eloquent attack on international law and its failure to stop mass murder." That it is, but if you think about it for a minute, law routinely fails to prevent murder, rape and other evil conduct on the part of people who choose not to obey it. Once you get past that realization all that is left in the book is a long exposition of "look at the terrible thing that happened". Which is not to say the genocide wasn't terrible, only that the book isn't anything new or ground breaking.
The "revelation" that bankers and lawyers did business with the Nazis should be no more shocking than the fact that people cut their hair, babysat their children and filled their cavities, but for some reason business people are held to a higher standard. The fact that Nazi companies used concentration camp slave labor is of course horrific, but again, the revelation that the systematic murder of 6 million people was NOT perpetrated secretly by a few "bad" Nazis is hardly a revelation at all.
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