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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...

Title : The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder
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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

  • The Jewish Book Council

    Review by Jack Fischel for the Jewish Book Council.

  • Riet

    Dit boek is een poging om vanuit de sociologie verklaringen te geven voor het gedrag van mensen die actief deelnemen aan genocides, martelingen etc. het blijft bij eenpoging, de schrijver vindt geen afdoende verklaring. Het zijn vaak "gewone mensen", die in bepaalde omstandigehden vreselijke dingen doen, maar dat wisten we al. Het boek is wel interessant,omdat de Swaan veel voorbeelden van genocides wat nader bekijkt, maar het blijft toch aan de oppervlakte.