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The genocidal mentality : Nazi Holocaust and nuclear threat

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The genocidal mentality : Nazi Holocaust and nuclear threat
Call No: 355.0217 L72g

Call Number355.0217 L72g
Statement of ResponsibilityRobert Jay Lifton and Eric Markusen.
Creators & ContributorsLifton, Robert Jay (author)
Markusen, Eric (author)
Summary"Since the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world has witnessed the insidious growth of a genocidal systema constellation of men, weapons, and war-fighting plans which, if implemented, could put an end to life on this planet... [The] psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton and the sociologist Eric Markusen examine the cast of mind that created and maintains this threat, and suggest an alternative, more hopeful direction. Drawing on the lessons of the Holocaustespecially Lifton's investigations of the psychological mechanisms underlying the Nazi atrocities--they present a searing picture of the genocidal mentality. In revealing interviews with leading weapons scientists and strategists, Lifton shows how dissociative processes like 'psychic numbing' and 'doubling' enable them to remain sane in the service of social madness. If we are to survive, say Lifton and Markusen, this genocidal mentality must give way to a species self, to a deepened awareness of belonging to a single species." Book jacket
Physical Description xiii, 346 pages ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Basic Books
  • "This book derives in part from the Lewis lectures of the Center of International Studies, delivered at Princeton University ... in 1988." Title page verso
  • Includes bibliographical references
RecognitionGifted in 2016 by the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library