Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

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Penguin, Sep 22, 2006 - Philosophy - 336 pages
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The controversial journalistic analysis of the mentality that fostered the Holocaust
Originally appearing as a series of articles in The New Yorker, Hannah Arendt’s authoritative and stunning report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann sparked a flurry of debate upon its publication. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt’s postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence,Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative—an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the twentieth century that remains hotly debated to this day. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Amos Elan.

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Sometimes it's difficult to read. - Goodreads
Hannah Arendt is truly a great writer. - Goodreads
Perfect sentences with a ridiculous amount of insight. - Goodreads
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This is a real tour de force. Not only does it provide amazing insight into Eichmann's and Germany's mentality but also provides so much food for thought and philosophical questions... Read full review

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I can't review or summarize this. You have to read the entire thing, and carefully, and prepared to be overwhelmed and blown away. Read full review


Note to the Reader
The House of Justice
The Accused
An Expert on the Jewish Question
The First Solution Expulsion
The Second Solution Concentration
The Final Solution Killing
Deportations from the ReichGermany Austria and the Protectorate
Deportations from Western EuropeFrance Belgium Holland Denmark Italy
Deportations from the BalkansYugoslavia Bulgaria Greece Rumania
Deportations from Central EuropeHungary and Slovakia
The Killing Centers in the East
Evidence and Witnesses
Judgment Appeal and Execution

The Wannsee Conference or Pontius Pilate
Duties of a LawAbiding Citizen

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About the author (2006)

Hannnah Arendt (1906-1975) was for many years University Professor of Political Philosophy in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and a Visiting Fellow of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is also the author of Eichmann in Jerusalem, On Revolution, and Between Past and Future (all available from Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics). 

Amos Elon, a frequent essayist, lecturer, and critic, is well known for his articles in the New Yorker and New York Review of Books.

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