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I You We Them

Journeys Beyond Evil: The Desk Killer in History and Today

Dan Gretton



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19 November 2019
A landmark historical investigation into crimes against humanity and the nature of evil that is over two decades in the making.

A landmark historical investigation into crimes against humanity and the nature of evil that is over two decades in the making.

'The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.' Hannah Arendt I You We Them is a study of the psychology of some of the least visible perpetrators of crimes against humanity, the 'desk killers' who ordered and directed some of the worst atrocities of the last two hundred years. It is also an exploration of corporate responsibility and personal culpability today, connecting the bureaucratic blindness that created desk killing to the same moral myopia that exists now in the calm, clean offices of global capitalism.

It is a journal of discovery, based on decades of research, interviews with hundreds of participants, and extensive first-hand experience. It encompasses extended investigations into a number of specific cases, moving from the brutalities of Empire to the scorched oil fields of the Niger Delta, from the industrial complex of Auschwitz to the empty sites of the Bosnian genocide; bearing witness, recording, and attempting to understand.

It is a synthesis of history, reportage and memoir, a sustained meditation on the nature of responsibility and injustice, and a book that will change the way we think about our past, present and future.
By:   Dan Gretton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 59mm
Weight:   1.601kg
ISBN:   9781785152276
ISBN 10:   1785152270
Pages:   928
Publication Date:   19 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dan Gretton is a writer, activist and teacher. In 1983 he co-founded the pioneering political arts organisation Platform, in Cambridge, where he studied English literature. As well as working with Platform over many years on the human rights and environmental impacts of corporations, he has also developed radical initiatives in adult education and has lectured internationally on the subject of the 'desk killer'. After more than a decade of research, aided by a major award from the Lannan Foundation, he embarked on the writing of I You We Them. He currently divides his time between north-west Wales and east London, where he shares his garden with a family of foxes.

Reviews for I You We Them: Journeys Beyond Evil: The Desk Killer in History and Today

A shockingly important and incisive book. -- David Olusoga I You We Them is a uniquely gripping journey around the landscapes of mass murder. -- Phillipe Sands, author of East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity Not since Gitta Sereny's vast script of Into That Darkness arrived on my desk have I read anything so disturbing as the early draft of Dan Gretton's book. I was shaken to the core by his brilliant treatment of the Wannsee meeting... The book seemed to be humming with life... much more alive than anything I've read for ages... I'm certainly grateful for having been given the chance to read this amazing work. Great books never occur out of a desire for greatness, but often out of a possessed persistence in the face of a chosen and immensely difficult task. This is such a book. In it, through it, a century speaks to us - not with the thunderous voice of History, but in the intimate voice of a sequence of confessions. A book of extraordinary importance and urgency - we need this book now. For its determined, passionate, and vulnerable seeking; for its insistence on what matters. Climate catastrophe tells us the reach of the desk killer has never been greater. We must take the hope and political will in this book as our own: forged in darkness and therefore - inextinguishable.

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