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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 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1986)
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Varmint
Jun 25, 2008 Varmint rated it it was ok
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
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
The subtitle to the book is Reflections of the Hostile Imagination. The book examines why “the enemy†is considered to be “the enemy,†and has many photos and illustrations of posters and films that show how hatred of the enemy is promulgated by the “other side.â€

The book starts off hitting strong:

“Ordinarily, the job of turning civilians into soldiers involves a liberal use of propaganda and hate training. A variety of dehumanizing faces is superimposed over the enemy to allow him to
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Joel Allen
Jul 12, 2014 Joel Allen rated it it was amazing
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.
William
Apr 12, 2009 William rated it it was amazing
written during the Cold War, this is an excellent examination of the psychosocial use of propaganda. thoroughly illustrated and well thought-out.
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Mar 10, 2013 Dianna rated it really liked it
Excellent – very useful for anyone who works in diplomacy, conflict medication, or even in the armed services.
Kelly Feldcamp
Nov 07, 2013 Kelly Feldcamp rated it really liked it
Shelves: political, historic
Awesome look at enmity and how our perceptions of the "enemy" are shaped by propaganda which helps us to rationalize killing and perpetuate war.
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I was over educated at Harvard and Princeton and was a professor of philosophy and religion at various legitimate institutions for 20 years before becoming a contributing editor of Psychology Today, a freelance thinker, lecturer, seminar leader, and consultant. I am the author of a bakers dozen books, a co-producer of an award winning PBS documentary, Faces of the Enemy. My work was the subject of ...more
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