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How Evil Works: Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces That Are Transforming America

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David Kupelian, veteran journalist and bestselling author of The Marketing of Evil, probes the millennia-old questions of evil—what it is, how it works, and why it so routinely and effortlessly ruins our lives—once again demonstrating his uncanny knack for demystifying complex, elusive, and intimidating subjects with fresh insights into the hidden mechanisms of seduction, ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Threshold Editions
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Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
In my opinion, this was good for a few laughs and not much else. I wouldn't even use it as a door stop, because I would be embarrassed for visitors to my house to see it. As far as I can tell, this book demonstrates how evil works by demonstrating general right-wing thinking in America. The author's definition of evil is almost outrageously biased, most of the "facts" he presents are either misinformed, inaccurate or else completely made-up, and he has a nasty habit of presenting his opinions as ...more
Kristopher Swinson
Toward the end, he does a remarkable job of explaining the ineffectiveness at times of charging across the minefield laid by liberal thought, while conceding that reason alone is almost never sufficient, and that we must learn the proper approach/tone. Yet somehow his early declaratives resonate with premature preachiness, such that--even when agreeing, mostly--I even felt he was likely left preaching to the choir. As with many great, prominent men in our history, he astutely pinpoints the probl ...more
Michael Foley
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say that I had too many "A ha" moments, but I did have a few "that's a good way of putting it" moments. I felt like I was listening to my Dad ramble on in the living room about how the world is turning stupid. You know, how you listen and think "yeah he's right". But then every now and then a statement is said you don't totally agree with and you think "Just keep smiling, Dad still has a point there."

Still a good read and I'd recommend it to a conservative for reinforcement and a libe
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Mario Lofaro
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an eye opener. I have the author's other book on order "Marketing of Evil".

With our God being pushed aside, and the several hidden agendas about, it's no wonder our morality is slipped into the sewer.
I believe every adult should read this and the author's other book as well.
Charles
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
An intriguing protestant book on much of the American culture, a lot of good information and critique of society. The information and ideas in this book should be carefully considered in context, as they have some merit. The work seems light on answers. In the authors view once we understand evil, it loses a lot of its power. But I think there is a big world-view difference between the author and his audience it would have made the book stronger if he started from a more neutral place and develo ...more
Stephen Gallup
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book following the atrocity in Newtown, CT. I thought considering its message might be more constructive than joining the chorus of calls to ban guns. Firearms have been with us a long time, but as far as I know events like Newtown have not. Therefore, something else might be at work.

Kupelian states the basic problem thusly: "Despite the human race's extraordinary capacity for invention and progress, we clearly have a millennia-old blind spot." Specifically, "we don't understand
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Linda
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
We often talk of evil in my bible study class and when strolling the shelves of the library recently, I saw this book and thought I'd give it a try. Very shortly into it, I realized it was from the view point of a conservative Christian. Kupelian makes some great points about Truth and has well documented his book. The example of truth related to anti-abortion clinics was passionate and beautiful, but it stopped there, there was nothing about these clinics helping to clothe, feed, shelter, educa ...more
Charles
An intriguing protestant book on much of the American culture, a lot of good information and critique of society. The information and ideas in this book should be carefully considered in context, as they have some merit. The work seems light on answers. In the authors view once we understand evil, it loses a lot of its power. But I think there is a big world-view difference between the author and his audience it would have made the book stronger if he started from a more neutral place and develo ...more
Sean
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! A journalist takes an in depth look at the news stories that make us shudder, yet we don't know how to process. Why are predatory teachers who sleep with their underage students applauded when the teacher is female and the student is male? What has happened to the fathers in the inner city AND the suburbs of America? Does getting rid of God in all facets of society have any consequences? Read this book. It will open your eyes and your mind! And help you to be a better neighbor to tho ...more
Charles
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This could not have been at a more opportune time for me in my personal journey. Just when I realized some of the pride issues I have had of late (though I knew not how to describe them fully), Mr. Kupelian's book lays it all out in the open. The acceptance or denial of the content of this book is related to the individual reader's own self-pride and their willingness to change. I want to change.
stormhawk
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a regular read of World Net Daily and a subscriber to Whistleblower, their print magazine, so I am already familiar with Mr. Kupelian's editorials. The advantage of a book-length piece is that he is able to link the thematic elements of what began as a series of articles into a thematic whole. I don't fully agree with his thesis, but support his taking a proactive stance against disintegration of American Culture.
Joshua
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an unbelievably good read. If you are a christian you will get far more from this book than otherwise. There are a few particularly good chapters which reflect issues which I have been dealing with my whole life, this book gives perspective and is invaluable.
Claire Smith
I liked every chapter of this book. a journalist's easy to understand explanations to many questions of our day. Much insight and well-expressed passages.
Barbara Carpenter
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible! I have never thrown away a book, but this one is going in the trash under the garbage!
David
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good at describing how evil often influences our emotions to get us in to "program mode," and the author has some good ideas for how to get America back on track.
Nina Dunton
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
The book offers great insight into what is wrong with America today. Plus, it's an easy read. I recommend it.
Rosemary Biggio
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, informative and well-documented. A must read for anyone interested in saving the American soul.
James Fredrickson
I think this is a must-read for everyone, especially Christians.
Faye
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend
Charles Reimler
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****Dark Side Dies***Bright Side Grows*** "Feel The Hurt-Let Go Of The Hate"*******
Book "How Evil Works Pages 179-182 Lesson On Forgiveness
"Feel The Hurt, -But Not The Hate!"
Forgive: Jesus Felt The Hurt, But Not The Hate "Father Forgive Them Know Not What They Do."
"Hate Sin, But Love The Sinner."
Movie: The Railway Man: Horrible Abuse By Japanese Too Forgive Awesome Example: End Movie "Hating Has Too Stop"
Book: How Evil Works
Pages 179-182 "Feel The Hurt-But Not The Hate." Is Core Wisdom!
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Katie
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are called to preach the Gospel which changes the hearts and minds of people. Once converted, His followers aim to please their Lord and strive for holiness. The gospel spreads and the culture changes. We are not called to reclaim our nations The answer is the gospel and sadly, this book misses the point of it.

It is a good summary of historical events though and I found it to be helpful and interesting in that regard.
LaDonna Remmers
Sick!

This account of how all the destructive forces in this world are taking away our freedom as Americans was a real eye opener. A well written, informative account! However, it made me sick to see what is happening to us and gives me a renewed interest to continue my rants against the horrendous government. A must read.

Elizabeth
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Bobbie
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great discussion on how evil has permeated our culture. Sadly, things have gotten exponentially worse since this book was written
Shawn
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book from start to finish. We must understand ourselves to overcome the evil in the world.
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