The Mind of a Madman: Norway's struggle to understand Anders Breivik (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Also, I was struck by the humane attitude of the court system in Norway. They want to be very sure not to punish someone who is schizophrenic, but to put them in a hospital.
What I also loved was the emphasis based on the importance of cultural insight for psychiatrists when diagnosing a psychiatric condition.
For me the book was more than just understanding "The mind of a madman"
I loved the insight into Norways very liberal democratic and humane legal system. I would like to read more books from this journalist on his experience with radical ideologies and societies that use Religion as a tool to advocate violence against fellow human beings.
In his book The Mind of a Madman: Norway's struggle to understand Anders Breivik, released here as a Kindle Single, the author has presented us with a surprising look into the mind of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, starting from when he first surfaced at Utøya on that horrific July day in his wetsuit and began his bloodbath. This was to become the biggest peacetime massacre ever carried out by a single gunman.
The author takes us into a largely chronological look at Anders Behring Breivik, where the Norwegian media began reporting the attack on Utøya, even before the police arrived. Then the reports began that the murderer wasn't an Islamic terrorist, a member of the jihadi group called Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, as had been conveyed earlier in the day: he was a blond, blue-eyed Norwegian.
Days before the attacks, Breivik had anonymously sent a declaration document via email to over 1,000 addresses about 90 minutes before the bomb blast in Oslo, and one of the recipients a copy of it on an Internet forum, where it went viral within hours. This 1500-page manifesto, which carried the title "2083: A European Declaration of Independence," was signed Andrew Berwick, a pseudonym for Anders Breivik.Read more ›
We did not really go into Brevik's mind rather the legal and psychological discussion about his state of mind. It is therefore a bit dry when it could have been brimming with discussion and ideas. Did he commit a crime in the sense he knowingly murdered or was it madness? The unsettling conclusion was that if he did not have a shared right wing ideology with others of the European far right he may have been declared mad. One set of psychologists decided he was mad because he believed that there was Holy War in Europe between Christians and Muslims. The other set said he was NOT mad because he others of the far right believed this too even though a detached rational observer would see this as delusional.
The question that went begging was Brevik's fascination with far right politics and terrorism a type of madness in itself, or indeed if far right politics is a shared psychosis? And therefore to what extent is all politics a shared delusion?
The other clincher for the decision of the court to treat him as sane was that he was able to plan and execute this crime. An insane person does not have the wherewithal to carry out a plan that takes months of preparation to fruition. So one is sane because one can carry out horrible crimes and insane if you can't?
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Very well written as one gets into the facts of murders of mostly teenagers on a remote island with no place to escape. Chilling and sad. Facts not known to the public are exposed. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had purchased this somewhat brief book in hope of learning more about a under reported episole of absolute horror in a beautiful country struggling to understand how it all... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by doyle houston
This book is written in the style of an investigative news article. It is easy to read with only a mild annoyance of so many persons introduced in the narrative that as an... Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Myklebust
Was he crazy? Was he politically motivated? This book explores all those questions as we follow the people in Norway as they attempt to explore those questions. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This account comes as close as any book can to explaining why Anders Breivik killed over 70 Norwegian government employees and student activists in a single day. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Arthur Fried
The political beliefs, activities, and identities of the victims were not explored; how was this group of adversaries chosen by Breivik? Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Horrific subject matter written about in a very informative and professional manner, I wonder what happens in these young men's minds (the perpetrators of such crimes which are... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
An okay read, and the writing is pretty ho-hum. Deranged individual with very extreme ideologies. Such a shame it happened.Published on March 21, 2013 by John
While the subject matter is disturbing, I found this to be a good read, especially since it covered the whole time line of the events from the day of the attacks until the last... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Kathrin
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