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Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide:
Identity and Moral Choice
Kristen Renwick Monroe

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ENDORSEMENTS:

"Readers acquainted with Monroe's earlier works on the Holocaust and its implications will find this a fruitful extension into genocide and related horrors. New readers will find all the background they need and be amazed at the depth of her analysis for the array of personal responses to evil."--Thomas C. Schelling, Nobel Laureate in Economics

Monroe's previous work explored the political psychology of altruism and her analysis was grounded in a treasure trove of interviews with persons who did or did not assist victims of the Holocaust. In this culminating book she extends the project, skillfully using rich and humanly affecting interviews to develop an empirically based theory of moral choice."--Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, University of Chicago

"This is an excellent, compelling, and persuasive book. The interviews, in particular, constitute a priceless resource and are a phenomenal contribution to our understanding of individual variance, societal pressure, and the tremendous burden of fully accepting freedom in moral choice. A tour de force."--Rose McDermott, Brown University

"I love Monroe's writing. With broad intellectual sweep, she draws on moral philosophy, brain imaging studies, psychology (evolutionary, developmental, and social), and more, to make sense of her interviews with rescuers, bystanders, and Nazis. Monroe profoundly cares about the horror of genocide and shows how a few acquire the ethics to resist while most do not. There are few topics as important as this one."--Sam McFarland, Western Kentucky University

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