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The New Evil

By: Michael H. Stone MD, Gary Brucato PhD
Narrated by: Charles Constant
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Summary

A chilling follow-up to the popular true-crime book The Anatomy of Evil.

Revisiting Dr. Michael Stone's groundbreaking 22-level Gradations of Evil Scale, a hierarchy of evil behavior first introduced in the book The Anatomy of Evil, Stone and Dr. Gary Brucato, a fellow violence and serious psychopathology expert, here provide even more detail, using dozens of cases to exemplify the categories along the continuum. The New Evil also presents compelling evidence that, since a cultural tipping-point in the 1960s, certain types of violent crime have emerged that in earlier decades never or very rarely occurred.

The authors examine the biological and psychiatric factors behind serial killing, serial rape, torture, mass and spree murders, and other severe forms of violence. They persuasively argue that, in at least some cases, a collapse of moral faculties contributes to the commission of such heinous crimes, such that "evil" should be considered not only a valid area of inquiry, but, in our current cultural climate, an imperative one. They consider the effects of new technologies and sociological, cultural, and historical factors since the 1960s that may have set the stage for "the new evil."

©2019 Michael H. Stone, MD, and Gary Brucato, PhD (P)2019 Tantor

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"Fascinating, disturbing... Budding criminologists will find this a useful resource for study and contemplation, while true crime enthusiasts will be riveted by the assiduous prodding into the criminal mind." (Publishers Weekly)

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Poor delivery

Fascinating insight into hundreds of real life “evil acts”,however,the machine gun rapid delivery of the narrator spoils it for me.

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The New Evil...

Well rotated 'phosphor' of an e-book!!! Tough - no nonsense approach to crimes and behaviour... Individual pieces at the back end of the book cement the audio!!! - Great...!!!

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book of lists

what is this? it appears to be a book of lists. No examination of case studies, just mentions. everything is told in a sentence or two eg Freud said Penistone envy, this was refuted by Melanie Klein. That's how every subject is treated.
shallow, unlistenable.

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Weak, intellectually dishonest, and disappointing

The author claims to have a new theory, which is anything but. His central thesis seems to be that the breakdown in traditional values is to blame for a rise in particularly grisly crimes.

He makes a number of sweeping statements, backed by 'evidence' which is disputed or controversial, but presents these as 'facts'. One particularly egregious example was the section on murder by childcarers in which he discusses Louise Woodward and shaken baby syndrome, as if it is undisputed that the child was killed by SBS, by Woodward. This is far from the case, and I was shocked to hear an uncritical mention of SBS - particularly this case - in such a recent book.

He also frequently presents correlation as causation, where there is no academic consensus. (Boys with single mothers more likely to commit crime). He is very careful to precede unevidenced sweeping assumptions with statements such as: "Of course, it was a good thing that women no longer had to stay with violent husbands, but..."

The book is intended for a popular audience, not for academics. For a while, I allowed myself to blame this for the above issues. But it's one thing to avoid lengthy and technical debates in such a publication, and another thing entirely to misrepresent information that you, as an academic, are aware is not so clear cut. A popular audience can not fairly be expected to have the information to contradict what is told to them by this supposedly learned man, who cherry picks what supports his argument, and ignores everything else.


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Wrong

You are wrong about all your assessments of these so called illnesses, would you like to know why? Of course you would. It is satan, Lucifer if you like that is at the heart of all this evil, you say he goes round like a roaring lion seeking who he can and that is true he is getting as many people as he can do they don't believe in JESUS OUR SAVIOUR and they end up in hell. Read more of the bible all is in there.

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