WORSE THAN WAR

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Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity DE |  NL | ES

“Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s latest book, Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity, is essential reading whether one is a human rights activist, a policy wonk, or a member of the general public who has never given serious thought to what is, and has been, the most urgent issue to threaten our planet and the moral development of mankind. In addition to being a surprisingly good read for such a disturbing subject, the book is a wake-up call for government leaders and a gut check for ordinary citizens…Worse Than War is a monumental work of originality that offers interesting insights and prescriptions on nearly every page. And when the book is finally closed what must be done feels like a matter of great human and moral urgency–no longer unmentionable and hopelessly abstract. It is rare, indeed, when a book transcends the limitations of the written word and aspires to do no less than actually save the world–which, in this maddening, horrifying case, is precisely what genocide demands.” – Thane Rosenbaum, Huffington Post

“[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.” – New York Times.

“Insightful, often startling analysis of why mass murder occurs and how to stop it…makes a convincing case that preventing genocide requires only a modest effort by leaders of democratic nations and the United Nations, both of which are criminally negligent…A significant achievement…intensely researched and wholly original.” – Kirkus, Starred Review

“A pathbreaking project.” – Die Presse (Vienna)

“Impressive, scholarly, and thoroughly unsettling.” – GQ (UK)

“To be recommended unconditionally.” – Frankfurter Neue Presse (Germany)

Worse Than War “should be taught in every school.” – Humanitarian activist Mia Farrow in The Best Five Books on Everything

“The book follows a pattern long-favoured by the author: description (what happens), explanation (why it happens), moral evaluation (judgment on it) and prescription (what ought to be done about it). Goldhagen is a trenchant writer and it is not his way to beat about the bush. What no one can deny him is the range and depth of his knowledge or the courage involved in many of his judgments… his book is masterful.” – Daily Telegraph (UK)

“The publication of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s landmark study of the Holocaust, Hitler’s Willing Executioners (1996), sparked a fierce international debate and transformed the author into one of the world’s leading arbiters of morality.  Worse Than War, his insightful history and analysis of genocide, only serves to cement his role as our steadfast communal conscience.  Goldhagen repositions readers’ understanding of mass slaughter as a political maneuver, and no one escapes unscathed – not those who commit it, those who orchestrate it or those in the international community who, in failing to address the violence, enable it. … Vast in scope, with grisly detail and context, Goldhagen… primes readers not only on the past but on the way forward.”—Kirkus, The Best Books of 2009

“Worse Than War makes a compelling and brave argument that our world must heed if we are to see sanity restored. The past century stands out in history not so much for the speed of technical innovation or the growth in life expectancy, but for the prevalence of organised mass murder….It is to Goldhagen’s immense credit that he painstakingly reminds us not just of those slaughters… He illuminatingly explains what unites them all, showing how political hate campaigns are used to poison minds. He demonstrates how men are moved to kill when they believe their land can be redeemed by wiping out an alien enemy…. Goldhagen’s manner of linking these genocides is powerfully original. But the most compelling part of his book is his central argument that we have allowed mass murder to continue by failing to recognise that genocidal campaigns have killed more than wars in the past century. And we have the power to end genocides if we simply take steps to remove the tyrannical regimes that use genocide as a political tool. Goldhagen is magnificent… and he is inspiring… There are those who will dismiss Goldhagen as preachy or naive. They should be ignored. Because if we pay heed to them, we ignore something far more significant: the ongoing slaughter of innocents across this world which it is in our power to prevent.” – Michael Gove, British Secretary of Education, in the Mail on Sunday (UK)

“Goldhagen has appeared anew with a remarkable publication. In his comprehensive, excellently researched and thought through study he not only underpins his arguments about the eliminationist antisemitism of the Germans until 1945, but also expands and universalizes his thesis convincingly.”  Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany)

“Goldhagen’s resolve to push eliminationism to centre stage should be applauded… Worse Than War is a powerful and affecting study of man’s inhumanity to man (and woman and child). Its main message is that it is within our power to prevent and stop genocide, provided we accept the need for aggressive intervention to punish murderous regimes and halt the bloodshed.” – Guardian (UK)

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2009/10: Worse Than War – University of Toronto | New College
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of Hitler’s Willing Executioners, talked about his latest book which takes a wider look at the problem of genocide. Mr. Goldhagen aruged that by understanding what genocides are and why they happen we can find ways to stop them before they start. c-spanvideo.org