The Cunning of History

The Cunning of History Richard Rubenstein Writes Of The Holocaust, Why It Happened, Why It Happened When It Did, And Why It May Happen Again And Again. I m not sure how to rate this book How do you like a discussion of the Holocaust Do I say I like it because it made me think about it in a different manner Do I say I like it because it presents a coherent structure and sets forth reasonable arguments and reaches reasonable conclusions from a particular point of view, if you start from the same given premise Do I not like it because I don t agree with the world view that allows the conclusions though each point in themselves is highly defens I m not sure how to rate this book How do you like a discussion of the Holocaust Do I say I like it because it made me think about it in a different manner Do I say I like it because it presents a coherent structure and sets forth reasonable arguments and reaches reasonable conclusions from a particular point of view, if you start from the same given premise Do I not like it because I don t agree with the world view that allows the conclusions though each point in themselves is hi
This book really underscores how easy it was for the Nazis to carry out their Final Solution by precision, discipline and technology Know how we know the horrendous numbers of Jews and others killed during the Holocaust From the German SS itself They were quite proud of how accurate the were in their record keeping However, this cold and impersonal bureaucratic system allowed them to detach from the cruel reality it represented Jews were reduced to a number that could be simply erased, at Thi
Essential book for thinking about and understanding how genocides and other large scale, organized, mass atrocities have and will take place Starts with an interesting premise and has some interesting thoughts about the rise of bureaucratic power and the dehumanizing process needed to run the holocaust but to me the author has a very narrow view of history It is not like the American south created slavery and then that suddenly morphed into Nazism and the final solution yet this book tries to connect these things very closely History will give you plenty of examples even in the intervening period and then confusingly the author ack Starts with an interesting premise and has some interesting thoughts about the rise of bureaucratic power and the dehumanizing process needed to run the holocaust but to me the author has a very narrow view of history It is not like the American south created slavery and then that suddenly morphed into Nazism and the final solution yet this book tries to connect these things very closely History will give you plenty of examples even in the intervening period and then confusingly the author acknowledges the two were very different Maybe the US and the UK didn t do enough to stop the Nazis exterminating many Jews but it is another thing to say they are complicit and then also blame wes
In this book, Richard L Rubenstein discusses the decidedly secular shift of First World nations and how religion has evolved to where humans view themselves as gods among man He outlined the procession as beginning with pagan beliefs centered on worshiping multiple gods residing alongside humans on earth, later to be overtaken by Christianity and modern religions that take god out of the earth and place him in the sky, beyond our reach and understanding The phase he theorizes we ve en In this book, Richard L Rubenstein discusses the decidedly secular shift of First World nations and how religion has evolved to where humans view themselves as gods among man He outlined the procession as beginning with pagan beliefs centered on worshiping multiple gods residing alongside humans on earth, later to be overtaken by Christianity and modern religions that take god out of the earth and place him in the sky, beyond our reach and understanding The phase he theorizes we ve entered into now is where humankind, after centuries of being detached from god and growing increasingly ignorant on spiritual matters, begins to see itself as god like and no longer held accountable to superstitious religions This progression
This short book or a long essay does not go into the specific details of what went on inside the death camps there are other books that do that This does not mean that you can fast read this little book whatever short descriptions of the unimaginable horrors that took place only 70 years ago do take a toll on your emotions And was I glad that I took my time reading this essay Surely the savagery, cruelty, inhumanity and degradation of the Holocaust can never happen Well, don t be so sur This short book or a long essay do
Really fascinating Argues that a holocaust of some kind was inevitable due to the capitalistic, bureaucratized nature of Western civilization Demonstrates a historical progression leading up to the Holocaust of World War II, and raises questions as to the possibility of anoth
Often the books with the largest amount of horrific reportage have the least insight There is some horrific reportage here, but the level of insight is exceedingly high It isn t an overwhelming gross out full of corpses it s a calm search for some un
Really thought provoking Bleak, cynical, disturbing The author doesn t seem to believe in Marxism, definately not capitalism,.or the innate goodness of mankind He also has some conspiracy theories, but his take on bureaucracy and slavery is interesting Absolutely horrifying yet fascinating Farthan strictly historical and descriptive, this book has underlying philosophical implications Kant, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Weber, Hume, and Heidegger come to mind.

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  • Paperback
  • 113 pages
  • The Cunning of History
  • Richard L. Rubenstein
  • English
  • 14 April 2017
  • 0061320684