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Fifty years after Hannah Arendt examined the dynamics of conformity in her seminal account of the Eichmann trial, Beautiful Souls explores the flipside of the banality of evil, mapping out what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention. Through the dramatic stories of unlikely resisters who feel the flicker of conscience when thrust into morally compromising situations, Eyal Press shows that the boldest acts of dissent are often carried out not by radicals seeking to overthrow the system but by true believers who cling with unusual fierceness to their convictions. Drawing on groundbreaking research by moral psychologists and neuroscientists, Beautiful Souls culminates with the story of a financial industry whistleblower who loses her job after refusing to sell a toxic product she rightly suspects is being misleadingly advertised. At a time of economic calamity and political unrest, this deeply reported work of narrative journalism examines the choices and dilemmas we all face when our principles collide with the loyalties we harbor and the duties we are expected to fulfill.
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By Ten42Batman on 01-29-17
I liked this book. Why I liked was that Eyal Press explains in deep detail on the morals of a person on how far they will go to help those in need or risk losing their job to solve a wrong doing that they know is wrong and will go to great lengths to fight the company or person.
Certain things I had to pay attention more on was the fact that the author does get you hooked than takes you on a new subject and you have to switch gears to understand whats happening next.
Overall, this book is interesting about how it covers real events in history during the dark time and how people were responding to one another.
By KWVancouver on 07-06-15
Interesting but underwhelming
Interesting. A worthwhile and straightforward read - heavy handed in unusual ways but weak in the places the book needs it most - underwhelming overall.
I'm left feeling that I want to read better written works on the topic. Terrible narration doesn't help me to recommend this title in audiobook form.