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Evil: An Investigationby Lance Morrow
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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evil remains as potent and radical a force in the world as it has ever been. We all know evil when we encounter it-in the villains of history like Hitler and Stalin, in the routine brutality that makes the nightly news, in the hateful violence of terrorists and sociopaths-but the phenomenon of evil has long resisted explanation. In this singular survey of this mysterious but all too often palpable force, veteran Time magazine essayist Lance Morrow offers a sustained look at the unmistakable ways evil manifests itself in history and in the human heart. This is a provocative meditation on the role evil plays in shaping human history, a timely analysis of how this primitive force can be understood in a modern society of high-tech, sensationalized brutality, and a daring exploration of why evil may be necessary in the world.
Book News Annotation:
American journalist Morrow (Boston U.) presents 34 essays on evil, among them discussions of its globalization, the Hermit's tale, the triumph of Goneril and Regan, gourmets and monkey brains, and the lessons of Mein Kampf. This is a paperbound reprint of a 2003 book.
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From award-winning reporter Lance Morrow, a provocative meditation on the role evil plays in shaping human history, a timely analysis of how this primitive force can be understood in a modern world of high-tech, sensationalized brutalization, and a daring exploration of why evil may be necessary in the world.
About the Author
Lance Morrow, twice winner of the National Magazine Award, is a longtime essayist for TIME magazine. He contributes essays and articles to other publications and is the author of eight books, including Evil: An Investigation and The Best Year of Their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948. He lives in Chatham, New York.
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