On the Swiss border with Austria in 1938, a police captain refuses to enforce a law barring Jewish refugees from entering his country. In the Balkans half a century later, a Serb from the war-blasted city of Vukovar defies his superiors in order to save the lives of Croats. At the height of the Second Intifada, a member of Israel's most elite military unit informs his commander he doesn't want to serve in the occupied territories.
Beautiful Souls explores the flipside of the banality of evil, mapping out what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention.
In this issue: "Money Trouble" by Amy Davidson; "Prince" by Vinson Cunningham; "Same but Different" by Siddhartha Mukherjee; "Madness" by Eyal Press; and "Sex and Sexier" by David Denby.