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Jonathan Maxwell's MURDEROUS INTELLECTUALS Is A Smart, Historical Read

  • Dec 5, 2010
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I read Jonathan Maxwell's book MURDEROUS INTELLECTUALS with little expectation, but left it feeling like I had just been reminded of an important chapter in humanity's history. Sometimes we forget how the mind's beauty can be used to do horrific things not just to ourselves but those around us. What Maxwell has done is taken the reader into the motivations of those who committed the horrific deeds in Nazi Germany but how that same mindset can be manifested today.

As someone who reads not just for myself but those I might come in contact with, I found this book to be both disturbing and necessary at the same time. We need to know what has happened in this world to make sure that none of those atrocities repeat themselves.

I applaud Maxwell for taking this journey himself in order to report back for us the reader. If good can come from madness, than I think discecting this historical chapter is definitely worth the time.

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I think when it comes to something as unfathomable as the holocaust the average person tends to make a lot of assumptions. We assume that the Nazi party was fronted by crazed lunatics who coerced and forced others to do their evil bidding. We also tell ourselves that these high ranking individuals were egotists, fanatic racists, and the dregs of society bend on genocide and world domination.    Perhaps some of these characterizations are apt or somewhat apt for some individuals …
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Jonathan Maxwell s compellingly readable book takes the reader inside Nazi Germany on many different levels. The book provides a portrait of a people and a country in continuous flux, from the events that led to Hitler s popularity, to the Hitler Youth movement, to the embrace of national socialism, to Hitler s warped inner circle. A fine piece of work, Maxwell s book will appeal to general readers interested in the inherent drama of Hitler s unnerving rise to power and his subsequent apocalyptic fall. --Jean Sasson, New York Times bestselling author
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ISBN-10: 1589825632
ISBN-13: 978-1589825635
Author: Jonathan Maxwell
Publisher: American Book Publishing

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