In the Eye of the Hurricane: Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm

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Wesleyan University Press, Jul 10, 2001 - Literary Collections - 255 pages
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In the Eye of the Hurricane: Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm continues Philip Hallie's lifelong exploration of the human choice to do good or evil. Hallie examines the behavior of Major Julius Schmaling, a German commander who saved the lives of Chambon villagers during World War II; of Joshua James, a sea captain who saved dozens of shipwrecked sailors by rowing out to sea in the fiercest of storms; and of Katchen Coley, his neighbor and founder of the Connection, a halfway house where she devoted herself to helping drug- and alcohol-addicted people.

In the Eye of the Hurricane also provides special insight into the author's own life, his struggle with morality, and how he comes to terms with his own ethics. He tries to understand his own ambiguous moral actions, first as a child in the Jewish ghetto of Chicago, fighting to protect himself and his younger brother from anti-Semitic bullies, then as a World War II artilleryman, and finally as a philosopher of ethics who realized he could not be objective in studying the viciousness of human beings throughout history.

A highly accessible work that places difficult ethical questions in a personal, and very readable context, this book remains grounded in the day-to-day reality of the stories, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about human nature.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a world that often seems permeated with cruelty and indifference, why are there always a few people actively engaged in rescuing others, even at enormous personal risk? Examining this phenomenon of ... Read full review

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Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, Hallie's account of how the inhabitants of the French village of Chambon saved 5000 Jews during World War II, sold 90,000 copies. This sequel examines three unexpected ... Read full review


Victims in Wonderland
The Hurricane in Nature
Epilogue by Doris A Hallie
Afterword by John J Compton

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Philip Hallie, late Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Wesleyan University, is also author of Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, Scepticism, Man, and God, and The Paradox of Cruelty.

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