Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times
Publication Date: May 2012
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Fifty years after Hannah Arendt examined the dynamics of conformity in her seminal account of the Eichmann trial, Beautiful Souls explores the flipside of the banality of evil, mapping out what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention.
Eyal Press is an author and journalist based in New York. His work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times magazine, the Nation, the Raritan Review and numerous other publications. He is the author of Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict That Divided America. A 2011 Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, he is also a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has produced several Audie Award–winning audiobooks. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured internationally with Mabou Mines, an avant-garde theater company. Sean's television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials, for which he apologizes.
"This thought-provoking and moving narrative highlights the different ways people react to moral quandaries and, at its best, makes us question the role our own passivity or acquiescence plays in allowing unconscionable acts to happen on our watch." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review