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

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PublicAffairs, Oct 6, 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  - madcatnip72 - LibraryThing

Worse than War is a tour de force investigation into the origins, motivations, actions and repercussions of eliminationist thought and genocidal actions around the world throughout the 20th Century ... Read full review

WORSE THAN WAR: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Grisly specifics share space with an insightful, often startling analysis of why mass murder occurs and how to stop it.Historian and journalist Goldhagen (Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE Eliminationism Not Genocide
3
Our Age of Suffering
33
CHAPTER THREE Why They Begin
59
CHAPTER FOUR How They Are Implemented
85
CHAPTER
145
CHAPTER SEVEN
265
CHAPTER
485
What We Can Do
515
The International Communitys Promise
532
Stopping Eliminationist Politics
558
Notes
599
Credits
629
Index
637
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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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