Friday, June 21, 2013

Five books on the danger of conformity

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of books on groupthink and the danger of conformity:
Life Goes On: A Novel
by Hans Keilson

Banned in Nazi Germany in 1934, this autobiographical novel tells the story of a Jewish textile shop owner, Herr Seldersen, and his son, Albrecht, as they struggle with hyperinflation and anti-Semitism during the devastated interwar period in Europe. Delivering a staggering insight into the fragile political infrastructure of a foundering Germany, Keilson helps us understand why Nazism flourished when and where it did, in perhaps the most infamous example of otherwise rational people allowing a madman to rule. See the full review by Anna Mundow here.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue