Daniel Jonah Goldhagen brings us now an original and important study of genocide that reconceives its very nature. He does so not by examining a series of genocides but by exploring the nature of mass killing itself. Our failure to clearly describe, explain, and understand the mechanisms of genocide has made it difficult to prevent, and this book will change that.
Through exhaustive research, he brilliantly lays out the roots and motivations of mass slaughter, exploring such questions as: Why do genocides occur? What makes people willing to slaughter others? Based on his thoroughgoing reconceptualization of genocide, Goldhagen proposes novel, sensible, and effective measures to put an end to this scourge of humanity, which is worse, even, than war.
** 'What no one can deny him is the range and depth of his knowledge or the courage involved in many of his judgements . . . his book is masterful** 'Impressive, scholarly and thoroughly unsettling** 'Disturbing and impassioned . . .A powerful and affecting study of man's inhumanity to man (and woman and child)** 'Worse Than War makes a compelling and brave argument that our world must heed if we are to see sanity restored . . . Magnificent [and] inspiringA landmark book about genocide from the prize-winning author who brought us the explosive Number 1 international bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners
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 the prize-winning author of Hitler's Willing Executioners and A Moral Reckoning and contributes to major newspapers and magazines around the world
In this original and important study of genocide, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen explores the nature of mass killing itself. Our failure to describe, explain and understand the mechanisms of genocide has made it difficult to prevent; with this book, Goldhagen proposes novel and effective measures that aim to help us comprehend and bring an end to this scourge of humanity.
With the unflinching moral and analytical clarity for which he is internationally known, Goldhagen leaves no stone unturned in this groundbreaking book that will transform our understanding of genocide.
'A compelling and brave argument that our world must heed if we are to see sanity restored . . . Magnificent and inspiring' Michael Gove, Daily Mail
'Disturbing and impassioned . . . A powerful and affecting study of man's inhumanity to man (and woman and child)' Ian Pindar, Guardian
'A magisterial and profoundly disturbing "natural history" of mass murder' New York Times
Long-awaited, path-breaking book on genocideWORSE THAN WAR is the basis for a feature length documentary of the same name that was produced in the United States and internationallyHITLER'S WILLING EXECUTIONERS has sold over 120,000 copies with LB and Abacus