Eichmann in Jerusalem

A Report on the Banality of Evil

Ranked #3 in Jerusalem, Ranked #11 in Evilsee more rankings.

Originally appearing as a series of articles in The New Yorker, Hannah Arendt’s authoritative and stunning report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann sparked a flurry of debate upon its publication. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt’s postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative—an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling and unsettled issues of the... more

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Dr. Phil Zimbardo [Talks] about Eichmann as illustrating the banality of evil. (Source)

Lucas Morales I was introduced to the book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt via Ian Shapiro’s Yale Open Courseware course The Moral Foundations of Political Science. This dramatically changed my outlook on the usual career path for graduates from my university that predominantly went into the defence industry. I am now perhaps overly conscious (maybe to a fault) that whatever I do purposefully aims to be a positive to society. (Source)

David Bell Political philosopher Arendt sees the work of the Nazis as the inevitable result of colonialism and industrialisation. (Source)

Daniel Pick The trial focused public attention on the individual high bureaucrat who had such personal responsibility in the Final Solution. There was, in a way, this enigma of what went on in Eichmann’s mind. (Source)

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