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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (2 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300227108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300227109
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This controversial book is a must-read for anyone concerned with ethics, politics and the human situation today. Drawing on his experience as a war correspondent and bringing to bear an impressive grasp of history, David Rieff explores the role of memory in the defining events of recent times, including the origins and aftermath of war and ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia, the malign inheritance of apartheid in South Africa, and the supreme crime of the Holocaust." - JOHN GRAY, author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

"For those who grew up with 'Never again' as the call to justice, David Rieff's sober and erudite essay shocks with its counterintuitive moral questioning: What exactly is gained--and lost--by remembering? His assessment that paths to peace can be found only if nations and groups find ways to forget the past may be disputed by many, but honest thinkers will agree that we are at the dangerous fulcrum of being both unforgiving and unforgiven." - SUSAN D. MOELLER, author of Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat and Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death

About the Author

David Rieff is the author of many books, including, most recently, The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the 21st Century. He lives in New York City.



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