[Download] Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil By Hannah Arendt

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

By: Hannah Arendt
Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
Length: 11 hours
Release date: Mar 28, 2011
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (372 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in the New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative-an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the twentieth century.
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9 Responses to “[Download] Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil By Hannah Arendt”

  1. Gil A.

    Too many details aside from trial
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

  2. Michael

    Poignant and enlightening
    Now, as we live through the Trump era, This book parallels the current situation of mindless bureaucrats and willing sycophants who do not support trump’s stances on immigrants and white nationalists but stay in his orbit. For the common Germans who did the same, it led to the murder of millions without them ever deciding to do so. Eichmann saw himself as a friend of the Jews, even as he ordered their extermination. Arendt’s analysis is chilling because it is so casual, just like the evil she describes. This is a crucial read and a caution for all industrialized countries about the evils that come from othering.

  3. Dana P.

    One of the most riveting readings I’ve had the pleasure of listening to, for one of the most important works of political philosophy ever written. A difficult book made palatable, even pleasurable, by a virtuoso performance.

  4. Youlanda Hauss

    The author is all over the map
    This book was one of the worst I have heard in a long time. Part smug analysis, part nazi apologist, part Jewish sympathizer, part Jewish antagonist. The author is all over the place trying to analyze the trial.

    I absolutely do not recommend this book at all!

  5. Akilah Haraway

    Still has Great Power to Offend
    This work was (and is) highly contreversial and has lost none of it’s power to offend. Hannah Arendt, no doubt felt that she was being honest and straightforward. Her narrative often seems far more critical of Israel than the perpetrators of The Holocaust. This is a hard, cold and uncaring narritive. There is an almost complete absence of sympathy for the victims of The Holocaust – only the flippant dismisal that is only appreciated by those who exercise it. It is easy to see why Arendt is often portrayed as a “self lothing Jew”. Her unrelenting theme seems to be: this was a ridiculous and unneccesary show trial and look at all the bad and silly things that Israel is doing. Why – how dare Israel kidnap Eichmann and take him to Israel. When she occasionally manages to put her axe aside, the details are useful. Apart from this the “Banality of Evil” can easily be applied to Hannah Arendt herself.

  6. Zach McCoy

    Skip the Introduction
    Tragically, the introduction to this piece outline the entire argument (up to the Epilogue), stating, in concise language, what Arendt will relay in detail. It makes for a dull listen of equally horrific and interesting—to some degree, but less known—details concerning the Nazi regime and the Final Solution. Skip the intro (Chapter One on service) and go back at the end; I think you’ll find it a more compellingly structured argument.

  7. Lyda Rittie

    Fascinating historical report on trial of Nazi war criminal
    This book is full of unusual insights and careful thoughts about the crimes of the Nazis during WW2 and the Holocaust. It is a report of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi Lieutenant Colonel who was in charge of communicating with Jewish authorities during WW2. Eichmann was also the one who organized the transport of the Jewish and other victims of the Nazis to concentration and death camps. The thesis of the book is that Eichmann was actually a remarkably boring man who spoke in cliches. In a different time and place it’s likely he would have been a “normal” man, and in that fact is a warning to all of humanity. Another similar warning is in the book “Ordinary Men,” which documents the transformation of German reservist soldiers into Nazi exterminators.

  8. Hai P.

    Ad nauseam
    Ad nauseam is a Latin term used to describe an argument which has been continuing “to [the point of] nausea”. Everyone and everything is inferior to Hannah Arendt in her world. If everyone just had her insight and intellect the world would get it right the first time everytime. This is not so much a book about Eichmann in Jerusalem as an excuse for Arendt to show how bright she is in her own mind. Hannah Arendt, like all contraians, desperately seeks attention through manipulation, Don’t bother getting sucked into her convoluted, self-agrandizing, attention seeking arguments. Save your money and just learn about Eichmann and his trial through Wikipedia.

  9. Jimmy Padon

    Unbelievably outstanding
    An absolute tour de force. Arendt’s objectivity is iron-clad, icy, and unshakable. The work is impressive, intellectual, unapologetic, and rings true. And to top it all off, the author is funny! One of the best books I’ve ever listened to.

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