AudioFile Earphones Award winner Patrick Lawlor's ringing, impassioned performance adds a sense of urgency to Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's study of the anatomy of genocide - why they begin and end; why they are so frequent; and how the international community can stop them. Goldhagen calls genocide "a political act" and accuses politicians of creating the conditions for mass murder. Listeners will be galvanized by Lawlor's intensity as Goldhagen continues on to explore how these conditions can result in ordinary people slaughtering one another and challenges our fundamental beliefs about humanity and society.
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 of genocide, which has caused more deaths in the modern world than military conflict. In doing so, it challenges our fundamental beliefs 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 can successfully stop them, as well as why it 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.
©2009 Daniel Jonah Goldhagen; (P)2009 Tantor
"Grisly specifics share space with an insightful, often startling analysis of why mass murder occurs and how to stop it.... A significant achievement." (Kirkus Reviews)
This book started out with “a bang” as it came at you with one hard hitting fact after another, and the author has a great way of delivering his story.
It got a little overly long (3 sections on an audio book!) and slowed down a little bit, but overall, it was very good.
Hopefully, one day we humans will learn our lessons and learn to live together in peace and harmony… but wait, hmmm… 7 billion people already on a planet that is shrinking and resources are becoming less and less, and more and more valuable to the “have nots”.
Oh well…. Good luck to us all!
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