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Beautiful Souls

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Beautiful Souls

Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times
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On the Swiss border with Austria in 1938, a police captain refuses to enforce a law barring Jewish refugees from entering his country. In the Balkans half a century later, a Serb from the war-blasted...
On the Swiss border with Austria in 1938, a police captain refuses to enforce a law barring Jewish refugees from entering his country. In the Balkans half a century later, a Serb from the war-blasted...
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  • On the Swiss border with Austria in 1938, a police captain refuses to enforce a law barring Jewish refugees from entering his country. In the Balkans half a century later, a Serb from the war-blasted city of Vukovar defies his superiors in order to save the lives of Croats. At the height of the Second Intifada, a member of Israel's most elite military unit informs his commander he doesn't want to serve in the occupied territories. 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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  • AudioFile Magazine Eyal Press profiles four people who refused to go along with evil or wrongdoing, from refusing to grant Jews refuge from the Nazis to selling a Ponzi scheme. Sean Runnette gives this thoughtfully inquiring book an appropriately thoughtful and expressive narration. He gives each sentence its proper weight, making the sense clear, making the words count, though at times his careful weighting of phrases leads him to go too slowly and become a little ponderous. His sensitive take on the pain and turmoil of those profiled mirrors that of the author. However, when he's called on to pronounce German, in the first section, his efforts range from awkward to incomprehensible. But overall, he gives a quietly clear and affecting performance of an analytic yet heartfelt work. W.M. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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