Arendt, Hannah. EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL. New York City, NY: Viking Press, 1963. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 275 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Hannah Arendt's "Eichmann In Jerusalem: A Report On The Banality of Evil". The single most devastating, original, and influential argument on the problem of absolute evil. Parts of the book originally appeared as a series of (very controversial) essays, in slightly different form, in The New Yorker Magazine. "The authoritative and stunning report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann sparked a flurry of debate upon its publication. A major triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, 'Eichmann In Jerusalem' is as shocking as it is informative: An unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the twentieth century" (Publisher's blurb). More than fifty years later, the phrase itself, "the banality of evil", has almost become a Pop truism even as the lucid and rigorous thinking behind it remains powerful. Among Jewish and American readers and commentators in particular, it has lost none of its power to anger, upset, and make people weep. Just as she foresaw the origins and rise of totalitarianism in modern times, a phenomenon that confronts us to this day, whether they be from the Left or the Right, Arendt comprehended the incomprehensible: The widespread mindset which led the German people to commit atrocities that inevitably culminated in the Holocaust. An absolute "must-have" title for Hannah Arendt collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online have serious flaws, understandable enough for a book that is more than fifty years old, yet command as much as $600. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest philosopher/writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HANNAH ARENDT AND WALTER BENJAMIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $300.00

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