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Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend

Popular Science

By: BA Oakley

Prometheus Books

Hardback | Mar 2010 | #171440 | ISBN-13: 9781591025801
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This book takes readers inside the head of the kinds of malevolent people you know all too well, but could never understand. Starting with psychology as a frame of reference, it uses cutting-edge images of the working brain to provide startling support for the idea that 'evil' people act the way they do mainly as the result of a dysfunction. It is a tour de force of popular science writing that brilliantly melds scientific research with intriguing family history and puts both a human and a scientific face to evil.

Remarkable -- and difficult to put down ... a wonderfully readable tapestry of family autobiography, historical biography, and biological psychology. -- Living the Scientific Life, a SEED ScienceBlog December 1, 2008 "The book is carefully researched, and its content ranges from genetics, neurology, historical review, forensic personality assessment, evolutionary, psychology, ethics, and free will, and more. Although it occasionally deals with highly technical domains, Evil Genes is written in a conversational and accessible style, and both lay readers and specialists will find it informative and, despite its sometimes grim material, actually entertaining." -- Metapsychology Online Reviews, Vol. 13, Issue 4, January 20, 2009 "Sympathetically written, awesomely erudite, with humor and a wide array of the author's personal adventured and achievements to enrich it, this is a book I will reread many times." -- Sacramento Book Review, June 13, 2009


Introduction; In Search of Machiavelli; Psychopathy; Evil Genes; Using Medical Imaging to Understand Psychopaths; Insights From My Sister's Love Letters; The Connection Between Machiavellianism and Personality Disorders; Slobdan Milosevic: the Butcher of the Balkans; Lenses, Frames and How Broken Brains Work; The Perfect "Borderpath": Chairman Mao; Evolution and Machiavellianism; Shades of Gray; The Sun Also Shines on the Wicked; Endnotes; Glossary; Index.

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