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

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PublicAffairs, 2009 - Political Science - 672 pages
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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.

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User Review  - RachaelS - Borders

I heard this book covers a lot of ground, when it comes to genocide. It does, for sure. I was surprised, but I shouldn't have been, that thematically, it's bigger than that. It goes deep into the ... Read full review

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

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Goldhagen, famous for his groundbreaking Hitler's Willing Executioners, offers a brilliant investigation of eliminationism, of which genocide is only one type. He explores examples of genocides over ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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.

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