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Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)by Hannah Arendt
"There are new understandings of how the Nazi hierarchy worked, and a firmer grasp of the contingent evolution of the final solution. And yet, it's all there in Arendt's classic....Arendt's insightful observations on humanity and bureaucracy make Eichmann in Jerusalem a must-read. The book forms a perfect object lesson on why it is vitally important for each and every one of us to question our authority figures, and question ourselves, on the true moral rectitude of our actions." Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
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This report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in the New Yorker in 1963. This edition contains further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript commenting on the controversy that arose over her book.
"A profound and documented analysis....Bound to stir our minds and trouble our consciences." Chicago Tribune
"If, in recalling the period, one could shut one's eyes to the scenes of brutal massacre and stop one's ears to the screams of horror-stricken women and terrorized children as they saw the tornado of death sweeping toward them, one could almost assume that in some parts of the book the author is being whimsical." The New York Times Book Review
Hannah Arendt's authoritative report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann includes further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -303) and index.
About the Author
Hannnah Arendt (19061975) was for many years University Professor of Political Philosophy in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and a Visiting Fellow of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is also the author of On Revolution and Between Past and Future (all available from Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics).
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