Worse Than War

Worse Than War : Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

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Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's books are events. They stir passionate public debate among political and civic leaders, scholars, and the general public because they compel people to rethink the most powerful conventional wisdoms and stubborn moral problems of the day. Worse Than War gets to the heart of the phenomenon, genocide, that has caused more deaths in the modern world than military conflict. In doing so, it challenges fundamental things we thought we knew about human beings, society, and politics.Drawing on extensive field work and research from around the world, Goldhagen explores the anatomy of genocide--explaining why genocides begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them, why they happen so frequently and how the international community should and can successfully stop them.As a great book should, Worse than War seeks to change the way we think and to offer new possibilities for a better world. It tells us how we might at last begin to eradicate this greatest scourge of humankind.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 672 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 48.26mm | 1,065.94g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 1586487698
  • 9781586487690
  • 623,317

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Kirkus Reviews "Grisly specifics share space with an insightful, often startling analysis of why mass murder occurs and how to stop it. A significant achievement...intensely researched and wholly original." New York Times Book Review "[A] magisterial and profoundly disturbing 'natural history' of mass murder...We place the Holocaust outside of history; Goldhagen embeds it in the larger, recurring pattern of genocidal killing...Worse Than War is, in effect, Everyone's Willing Executioners....Belief matters; choices matter. This is Goldhagen's wake-up call...So far, the United Nations has done virtually nothing to put [some] fine principles into action. Until it does, those few states that are committed to preventing mass murder may have to act without international approval. Worse Than War reminds us of the imperative to act, and of the terrible cost of our failure to prevent the mass murders of the past century."show more

About Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Until deciding to devote himself full-time to writing, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen taught political science for many years at Harvard University. He is also the prize-winning author of the #1 international bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners, and contributes to major newspapers and magazines around the world.show more

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