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The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder

An incisive exploration of why acts of mass annihilation take place and how people become mass killers By historical standards, the early years of the twenty-first century have been remarkably peaceful. Only rarely are people killed by their own kind, and only very, very rarely are they killed by other animals, microorganisms excepted. Nevertheless, even though the statistics should reassure, many people worry about lone killers, murderous gangs, and terrorist bands. At the same time, most people are vaguely aware that even in this relatively calm era, wars have made countless victims. Yet mass violence against unarmed civilians has claimed three to four times as many lives in the past century as war: one hundred million at least, and possibly many more. These large-scale killings have required the efforts of hundreds of thousands of perpetrators. Such men (and almost all were males) were ready to kill, indiscriminately, for many hours a day, for days and weeks at a stretch, and somet...

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ISBN : 9780300208726
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 344 pages
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The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder Reviews

  • Megan

    This book was more academic than I anticipated ( I now know the words "mesosociological" and "dysmentalization," but although it was somewhat of a slog in places, I found its central message rather reassuring. de Swaan takes on the common wisdom that under the 'right' circumstances, anyone could commit mass murder. While he acknowledges the validity of research into certain groups like Police Battalion 101 (from Browning's Ordinary Men, which I had to read in John Honduras's European history cla ...more

  • Georgina Nish

    Boring!Boring!Boring! Extremely repetitive and for what should be a scholarly review of case studies, experiments and interviews is very full of biased opinions. Not to mention confusing and inconsistent as often he will mention something then say oh yes that, I’m going to explain that in this later chapter making it sound as if you are meant to be jumping between chapters. When mentioning other scholar he is never consistent for some he just states their name, for some their title or job, and t ...more

  • Natalie

    From Abram de Swaan's review in WSJ