Scapegoat by Charlie Campbell
A History of Blaming Other People

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Mr. Campbell cannot be accused of writing a ringing endorsement of our species. But he has made it clear that many of us operate on a revised version of the Golden Rule: Do unto others what should probably be done unto you.
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We may have come a long way from the days when a goat as a symbol was saddled with all the iniquities of the children of Israel and driven into the wilderness, but is our desperate need to find some organization or person to pin the blame on and absolve ourselves of responsibility really any more advanced?

Charlie Campbell highlights the plight of all those others who have found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, illustrating how God needs the Devil as Sherlock Holmes needs Professor Moriarty or James Bond needs "Goldfinger."

Scapegoat is a tale of human foolishness that exposes the anger and irrationality of blame-mongering while reminding readers of their own capacity for it. From medieval witch burning to reality TV, this is a brilliantly relevant and timely social history that looks at the obsession, mania, persecution and injustice of scapegoating.
 

About Charlie Campbell

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CHARLIE CAMPBELL was Books Editor at The Literary Review, where he ran the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize among other things. He lives in London.
 
Published February 2, 2012 by The Overlook Press. 208 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dave Shiflett on Feb 04 2012

Mr. Campbell cannot be accused of writing a ringing endorsement of our species. But he has made it clear that many of us operate on a revised version of the Golden Rule: Do unto others what should probably be done unto you.

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