Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination
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Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination

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This book shows how ordinary and seemingly decent people can be stirred to hate and even to kill their neighbours, using the twisted caricatures of propaganda posters, biased cartoons, and distorted images served up in print and on screen. In pictures and in text, noted philosopher and Jungian Sam Keen delves beneath legitimate grievances and questions of right and wrong t...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 11th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1986)
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a great collection of war propaganda art. just avoid the hysterically bad text. the book is full of the sort of ludicrous errors unique to pacifists.

was appalled to find it was intended for use in the classroom. the teacher who exposes kids to such poorly researched and delusional thinking should be ashamed.
Maggie Campbell
"Generation after generation, we find excuses to hate dehumanize each other, and we always justify ourselves with the most mature-sounding political rhetoric."

"The hostile imagination begins with a simple but crippling assumption: what is strange or unknown is dangerous and intends evil."

"Paranoids begin with imagined enemies and end up with real ones as the cycle of reaction turns into a complex historical conflict."

"As a rule, human beings do not kill other human beings. Before we enter into w...more
Joel Allen
One of the first books to reveal the variety of thoughts humans can have, leading them to hate. Keen's book helped bring me up to speed on the Middle East conflicts, as well as the propaganda of the first and second World Wars. A great transition into modernity after Aristotle, Socrates, and Aquinas for the time.
Kelly Feldcamp
Awesome look at enmity and how our perceptions of the "enemy" are shaped by propaganda which helps us to rationalize killing and perpetuate war.
written during the Cold War, this is an excellent examination of the psychosocial use of propaganda. thoroughly illustrated and well thought-out.
Excellent – very useful for anyone who works in diplomacy, conflict medication, or even in the armed services.
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Noted professor and philosopher best known for his exploration of questions regarding love, life, religion, and being a man in contemporary society.
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