Human Killing Machines

Human Killing Machines : Systematic Indoctrination in Iran, Nazi Germany, Al Qaeda, and Abu Ghraib

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Human Killing Machines offers a comparative analysis of the indoctrination methods used to produce violence in the famous Milgram and Zimbardo psychological experiments, as well as Iran, Nazi Germany, Al Qaeda, and Abu Ghraib. Based on these findings, specific policy recommendations are made for how we can begin to reform the U.S. military and increase its accountability, shake Al Qaeda terroristsO commitment to their missions, and reverse course on Iran to bring the oppressive regime down from the more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739134167
  • 9780739134160

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This book is a must read. It should be required reading for all police officers. Hopefully, by understanding the process of systematic indoctrination, as so aptly described by Adam Lankford, those entrusted with the power of the state will mightily resist any pull towards acts of unredeemable violence. -- Drew Diamond, Chief of Police (Ret.), Tulsa, OK Adam Lankford's well-written and provocative new book ... delivers a behavioral model that goes a long way toward explaining otherwise inexplicably inhuman actions by 'normal' human beings. The reader need not agree with every one of Lankford's observations to recognize his insightfulness and the utility of his work for both scholars and practitioners. Human Killing Machines is 'must-reading' for soldiers, diplomats, and political leaders of democratic countries as well as academics in the social sciences, international relations, and criminal justice. -- John T. Fishel, Ph.D., College of International Studie, The University of Oklahoma, author and editor of The Savage Wars of Peace and co-author of Uncomfortable Wars Revisited Human Killing Machines is a work of diligent scholarship marked by skillful exposition and compelling prose. This book deals with issues that matter to our way of life and sheds light on how we might better understand and ameliorate the potential for violence, including catastrophic violence, that dogs the modern world. -- Robert Johnson, Professor of Justice, Law and Criminology, American University Lankford's Human Killing Machines is a splendid interdisciplinary effort sure to interest casual readers, sociologists, political scientists, criminal justice scholars, and Homeland Security experts alike... Lankford persuasively reminds us that legal, moral and ethical behavior will not always be the norm across each culture or in each setting. The 'psychology of evil' and indoctrinated violence will continue to present daunting challenges to those that preserve, protect, and promote discipline, law, order and well-being. Homeland Security Reviewshow more

About Adam Lankford

Adam Lankford is assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Human Killing Machines Chapter 2 Strategies of Systematic Indoctrination Chapter 3 Violence in the Lab Chapter 4 Nazi Germany: Blueprints for Genocide Chapter 5 Al Qaeda: Terror by Design Chapter 6 Iran: Manufacturing Martyrs Chapter 7 Abu Ghraib: Torture Rationalized Chapter 8 Patterns of Violent Transformation: Comparative Analysis Chapter 9 Dismantling the Machines and Restoring Humanityshow more

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