Eichmann a Jerusalem (Folio Histoire) (Paperback)

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As contentious today as when it was published as a series of New Yorker court reports in 1963, Eichmann in Jerusalem advances a deceptively simple argument: that the top Nazis were able to organize and carry out, often efficiently, the murder of millions not because of some congenital moral deformity but because, perhaps more horribly, it was what everyone was doing. It was a respectable career path. This 'banality of evil' argument may sound obvious, even banal, to us now, but what’s lost in the cliché is Arendt’s voice: distant and contemptuous, exacting—perhaps even cold—but also extremely intelligent, always incisive, never conforming, and never, ever morally lax.

— Maddie


Hannah Arendt's authoritative report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann includes further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account.

About the Author

Hannnah Arendt (1906-1975) was for many years University Professor of Political Philosophy in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and a Visiting Fellow of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is also the author of Eichmann in Jerusalem, On Revolution, and Between Past and Future (all available from Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics).

Amos Elon, a frequent essayist, lecturer, and critic, is well known for his articles in the "New Yorker" and "New York Review of Books."
Product Details
ISBN: 9782070326211
ISBN-10: 2070326217
Publisher: Gallimard Education
Publication Date: June 1st, 1991
Language: French
Series: Folio Histoire