Evil by Lance Morrow
An Investigation

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evil remains as potent and radical a force in the world as it has ever been. We all know evil when we encounter it-in the villains of history like Hitler and Stalin, in the routine brutality that makes the nightly news, in the hateful violence of terrorists and sociopaths-but the phenomenon of evil has long resisted explanation. In this singular survey of this mysterious but all too often palpable force, veteran Time magazine essayist Lance Morrow offers a sustained look at the unmistakable ways evil manifests itself in history and in the human heart. This is a provocative meditation on the role evil plays in shaping human history, a timely analysis of how this primitive force can be understood in a modern society of high-tech, sensationalized brutality, and a daring exploration of why evil may be necessary in the world.

About Lance Morrow

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Lance Morrow, twice winner of the National Magazine Award, is a longtime essayist for TIME magazine. He contributes essays and articles to other publications and is the author of eight books, including Evil: An Investigation and The Best Year of Their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948. He lives in Chatham, New York.
Published April 27, 2009 by Basic Books. 286 pages
Genres: History, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Others veer into the bizarre, as when Morrow posits that the Third Reich was “an evil national mirthlessness,” layering it on with the still stranger thought that “no people with a decent sense of humor would have tolerated Hitler and his grotesque crew and absurd racial theories for five minutes...

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WITH: Hank Azaria (Albert Freedman), Ralph Fiennes (Charles Van Doren), Rob Morrow (Dick Goodwin), David Paymer (Dan Enright), Paul Scofield (Mark Van Doren) and John Turturro (Herbert Stemple).

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Britt is on the story, and the pretty killer, enamored of her press clippings, takes an interest in the reporter--who, not being one to turn down a chance at good copy, consents when the cops hatch a plan to catch Keppie by using Britt as bait.

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In Heart, a memoir centering on his heart attacks, Morrow asked questions about the nature of evil as it relates to illness and death.

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