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    DescriptionWe call it justice - the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the incarceration of corrupt politicians or financiers like Rod Blagojevich and Bernard Madoff, and the climactic slaying of cinema-screen villains by superheroes. But could we not also call it revenge? We are told that revenge is uncivilized and immoral, an impulse that individuals and societies should actively repress and replace with the order and codes of courtroom justice. What, if anything, distinguishes punishment at the hands of the government from a victim's individual desire for retribution? Are vengeance and justice really so very different? No, answers legal scholar and novelist Thane Rosenbaum in Payback-revenge is, in fact, indistinguishable from justice. Revenge, Rosenbaum argues, is not the problem. It is, in fact, a perfectly healthy emotion. Instead, the problem is the inadequacy of lawful outlets through which to express it. He mounts a case for legal systems to punish the guilty commensurate with their crimes as part of a societal moral duty to satisfy the needs of victims to feel avenged. Indeed, the legal system would better serve the public if it gave victims the sense that vengeance was being done on their behalf. Drawing on a wide range of support, from recent studies in behavioral psychology and neuroeconomics, to stories of vengeance and justice denied, to revenge practices from around the world, to the way in which revenge tales have permeated popular culture - including "Hamlet", "The Godfather", and "Braveheart" - Rosenbaum demonstrates that vengeance needs to be more openly and honestly discussed and lawfully practiced. Fiercely argued and highly engaging, "Payback" is a provocative and eye-opening cultural tour of revenge and its rewards - from Shakespeare to "The Sopranos". Rosenbaum liberates revenge from its social stigma and proves that vengeance is indeed ours, a perfectly human and acceptable response to moral injury.


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    Title
    Payback
    Subtitle
    The Case for Revenge
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thane Rosenbaum
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226726618
    ISBN 10: 0226726614
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    BIC subject category V2: JKVP
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: LE
    Libri: I-LE
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000, LAW052000
    DC22: 364.601
    B&T Approval Code: A11330000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC030000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15220
    B&T Approval Code: C39600000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: LAW026020, LAW060000
    DC23: 364.601
    LC classification: K5103 .R674 2013
    Thema V1.0: JKVP, LAZ
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    03 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Thane Rosenbaum is the author of The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right, as well as four novels. His articles, reviews, and essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Huffington Post, among others. He is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School, and he directs the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society.
    Review quote
    "Because it is often regarded as 'un-Christian,' revenge has acquired a bad name. In this incisive analysis, Thane Rosenbaum argues that revenge is a hunger in most injured hearts and the very fundament of our idea of justice. This is a compelling and provocative book, immensely valuable both for its close reasoning and its honesty." -Scott Turow"