Political Ponerology and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
or
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Political Ponerology on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Political Ponerology [Paperback]

Andrew N. Lobaczewski
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 43.55 & FREE Shipping. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Monday, November 3? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $9.99  
Paperback CDN $43.55  

Book Description

April 1 2007
"Political Ponerology is fascinating, essential reading." --Philip Zimbardo, author of The Lucifer Effect "This is an extraordinary book." --Ilan Pappe, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine The original manuscript of this book went into the furnace minutes before a secret police raid in Communist Poland. The second copy, painfully reassembled by scientists working under impossible conditions of violence and repression, was sent via courier to the Vatican. Its receipt was never acknowledged - the manuscript and all valuable data lost. In 1984, the third and final copy was written from memory by the last survivor of the original researchers: Andrew Lobaczewski. Zbigniew Brzezinski blocked its publication. After half a century of suppression, this book is finally available. Political Ponerology is shocking in its clinically spare descriptions of the true nature of evil. It is poignant in its more literary passages revealing the immense suffering experienced by the researchers contaminated or destroyed by the disease they were studying. Political Ponerology is a study of the founders and supporters of oppressive political regimes. Lobaczewski s approach analyzes the common factors that lead to the propagation of man s inhumanity to man. Morality and humanism cannot long withstand the predations of this evil. Knowledge of its nature and its insidious effect on both individuals and groups - is the only antidote.

Frequently Bought Together

Political Ponerology + Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work + The Sociopath Next Door
Price For All Three: CDN$ 74.58


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details


Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge of evil and how to prevent it Sept. 27 2007
Format:Paperback
It is said that men are born with a good nature. So why is it that there is so much destruction and suffering throughout the human history? Is evil real? How to stop it? This book has the answers to those questions. It is a summary of the first scientific study of what is called macro-social evil and the process by which it spreads in the society.

In the early parts of the book, the author gives an overview on the root cause of macro-social evil: the small percentage of psycho-pathological deviants who nevertheless have a disproportionally large influence on the minds of normal humans. Due to the lack of psychological knowledge among normal humans, these deviants easily infiltrate social groups, movements, etc. When the society is in a sufficiently hysterical state, the psychological deviants that are always present can transform the entire society into its worst form: a pathocracy. The most notable examples of that are the Roman empire and the Nazi Germany.

The latter parts are devoted to examining the life cycle of a pathocracy: how it forms, evolves and self-destructs. The good news is that a pathocracy self-destructs relatively quickly, just like a particularly dangerous virus quickly killing sick body. The bad news is that even in its short life cycle, a pathocracy can inflict unmeasurable damage to the lives of normal humans living under its rule and those living close to it.

Although it is not a light reading due to the need to compress so much knowledge into a reasonable-sized book, this book is a must read for every human beings with a conscience. It is particularly relevant today as the U.S. is well on the way to become a full-fledged pathocracy. To stop evil, we must first understand evil.
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Book Oct. 28 2007
Format:Paperback
A great book that should be read by everybody as it provides valuable information in understanding why our society has seen a disappearance of human values and an increase in hedonistic behaviours with little care for others.

Lobaczewski's great contribution is in showing the process by which people with psychopathic personality disorders congregate and slowly take over organizations, political parties, businesses to finally stifle the whole of society.

It goes to great length in explaining the phenomenon of psychopathy on a macro scale. It deals in a non-judgmental way with the subject of evil. The author clearly lays out the various types of psychopathy and what happens when they combine their various talents and manage to take over a society from the inside and start to rule over normal people in the form of a pathocracy. Though the author primarily deals with examples from his own life experiences under the rule in the former Soviet Union, the parallels to today's world are chilling and very spot on. The book has many footnotes from the editor Laura Knight Jadczyk which clarifies and brings added information to some of the issues dealt with.

The book not only describes the process by which evil takes over but also how it progresses and how normal people can stand up to it. In order to do that, knowledge of the system is needed and that is what this book gives. As the author says at the end of the book then more research is needed, but it is a very profound seminal work that should inspire many to take up this important subject and continue the research.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all Nov. 4 2007
Format:Paperback
Ever wondered why bad things like war happen? Do they "just happen"? Is fate really to blame? Or is there a human element involved? Are we all made alike? These are just some of the questions answered by Political Ponerology which lays out the reality of the widespread and immensely damaging effect of psychopaths who attain to positions of political power.
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling but Essential Reading Nov. 24 2007
By Chris
Format:Paperback
I'm not surprised this has received such high ratings; it's a work of such important and informative proportions that it should be required reading for every single person on the planet. Please don't think I'm being overly dramatic because it truly begins to explain the causes and maneuvers of evil in our world - how it has happened, continues to happen and will happen - and how so much suffering can come about in a relatively short period of time and from the influence of such a tiny minority.

Many confused individuals throughout history have looked towards race, gender, culture, religion or whatever to explain it, but it doesn't cut to the very essential root: the actual hard-wiring of the brain and how a select few have a different neurological structure; no compassion, no pity, no love, no conscience. Zilch. Not only that, it can be and most often is, completely masked with an act so contrived and realistic that the people left in their path of destruction hardly know what's hit them. This book deals with how these deviants rise to positions of power and steer the course of large societies towards complete lockdown and destruction.

And you know what? It's happening right now in the US, Australia, Europe and the Middle-east; all of the characteristics outlined by Lobaczewski in clinical detail have come to fruition and if people don't wake up soon, and integrate the information conveyed in this work, then we've all had it.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars His refusal to take on the Catholic Church as a perfect example of a...
I read this book in its original version in Polish. Dealing with an important issue of psychopathology and raising some interesting points, the book nonetheless suffers from a few... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Adam S
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique insights, dense translation but entirely worthwhile.
I came across this book while researching psychopathy, a subject of acute (if somewhat painful) interest for me as I try to come to terms with why our world is behaving the way it... Read more
Published on June 3 2012 by Mark Oakley
5.0 out of 5 stars A study of the nature of evil
This book was a tough read but also very informing if perseverance is a trait you posess.I found it very text book like which is not surprising as the authors and researchers had... Read more
Published on April 6 2012 by Tractmec
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bookshelf Without is Bare
Seriously, this book is foundational to understanding historical and present day events, inner and exterior mental landscapes and worldviews. Read more
Published on April 6 2012 by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading!
Do yourself and everyone you care about a favor and read this book. It explains in detail the process of how good people, groups and nations are overcome and co-opted by... Read more
Published on March 31 2012 by M. Longazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading!
Do yourself and everyone you care about a favor and read this book. It explains in detail the process of how good people, groups and nations are overcome and co-opted by... Read more
Published on March 31 2012 by M. Longazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading!
Do yourself and everyone you care about a favor and read this book. It explains in detail the process of how good people, groups and nations are overcome and co-opted by... Read more
Published on March 31 2012 by M. Longazel
1.0 out of 5 stars Unrefined, unrestrained crankism
First of all, let me say I've read a good deal of solid research on psychopathy, the PCL-R, and the better layperson books on the subject. Read more
Published on May 24 2008 by Martin Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling but Essential Reading
I'm not surprised this has received such high ratings; it's a work of such important and informative proportions that it should be required reading for every single person on the... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2007 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book for any HUMAN being!
A great book that should be read by everybody as it provides valuable information in understanding why our society has seen a disappearance of human values and an increase in... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2007 by Aeneas
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category


Feedback