Psychologist Investigates Why Human Beings Wage War

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Dr. Richard Koenigsberg has made significant, new discoveries about the causes of political violence. In his latest book, he reveals why nations go to war.

Dr. Koenigsberg's message is one that anyone with an interest in changing the course of human history should reflect upon. The striking lucidity of Nations Have the Right to Kill will be a catalyst for our collective evolution.

Well over 200 million people died in the Twentieth Century as a result of war and genocide. Journalists and historians document the carnage, but do we really understand why it occurred? Dr. Richard Koenigsberg is a psychologist who studies the causes of political violence. Why do societies engage in activities that result in massive destruction and suffering?

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil examine the psychological reasons why relationships fail and people gain weight. Political violence threatens to extinguish the human race. Where are discussions of the psychological sources of war and genocide? Dr. Richard Koenigsberg brings his unique perspective to bear upon the reasons nations engage in acts of violence against other nations and groups within nations.

Koenigsberg's latest book, Nations Have the Right to Kill: Hitler, the Holocaust and War--recently released by Library of Social Science, Publishers--explores the ideologies and thought processes that led to the Holocaust and Second World War. What did Hitler believe he could accomplish by initiating the Final Solution? What motivated him to unleash a war that wreaked devastation and chaos throughout the world--and led to the destruction of his nation, his people and himself?

Can the case study of Adolf Hitler and Nazism tell us something about other instances of political violence? Although Hitler is thought of as an aberration, Koenigsberg believes his thinking is not unlike that of other leaders--who identify a certain group as the nation's mortal enemy and believe that their nation cannot survive unless the enemy group is eliminated.

Koenigsberg asks: "Do wars occur against our will? Or have we human beings created the destructive political world that we encounter on a daily basis? If we understand the reasons why we have created such a world, might this enable us to awaken from the nightmare?" In her book review, lawyer and author Lee Hall writes about the potential impact of Koenigsberg's insights: "Dr. Koenigsberg's message is one that anyone with an interest in changing the course of human history should reflect upon. The striking lucidity of Nations Have the Right to Kill will be a catalyst for our collective evolution."

About the Author
Richard A. Koenigsberg is a political psychologist, author and lecturer--formerly a college Professor--known for his research on collective forms of violence. His four books include Hitler's Ideology--called an "instant classic." He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

Book Description/How to Order
Nations Have the Right to Kill: Hitler, the Holocaust and War
by Richard A. Koenigsberg, Ph.D.
Library of Social Science, July 21, 2009.
ISBN (Paperback): 978-0-915042-23-4; $39.99/$23.95
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-0-915042-24-1; $45.95/$34.95

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