Worse Than War
Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity
By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
(PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781586487690, 672pp.)
Publication Date: October 2009
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A paradigm-changing investigation into the phenomenon of genocide and mass killing, by the author of the number one international bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners
Until deciding to devote himself full-time to writing, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen taught political science for many years at Harvard University. He is also the prize-winning author of the #1 international bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners, and contributes to major newspapers and magazines around the world.
“Grisly specifics share space with an insightful, often startling analysis of why mass murder occurs and how to stop it. A significant achievement…intensely researched and wholly original.”
New York Times Book Review
“[A] magisterial and profoundly disturbing ‘natural history’ of mass murder…We place the Holocaust outside of history; Goldhagen embeds it in the larger, recurring pattern of genocidal killing…Worse Than War is, in effect, Everyone’s Willing Executioners.…Belief matters; choices matter. This is Goldhagen’s wake-up call…So far, the United Nations has done virtually nothing to put [some] fine principles into action. Until it does, those few states that are committed to preventing mass murder may have to act without international approval. Worse Than War reminds us of the imperative to act, and of the terrible cost of our failure to prevent the mass murders of the past century.”