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The Loss of Compassion

On the Politics of Indifference

Compassion is the inner barrier to the inhumane. In Liverpool, two eleven-year-old boys abducted a two-year-old and murder him. This crime could have been avoided if passers-by who heard the child scream had intervened. Arno Gruen asserts that these passers-by placed themselves on the side of the ...
Rights sold: PR China, Portugal, Turkey

The Betrayal of the Self

The fear of autonomy in man and woman

Preface by Gaetano Benedetti

The concept of autonomy, which does not mean power and superiority but full conformity of a human being to his feelings and needs, is an important factor of modern psychology. If this autonomy is lacking - more often the rule than the exception - ...
Rights sold: France, Turkey

The Insanity of Normality

Realism as a Sickness: Toward Understanding Human Destructiveness

Much reflection by many disparate thinkers has been devoted to the complex issue of evil in the world, and psychologists have devised different theories to explain the destructiveness of man. But rarely has anyone dissected the causes with such rigorousness as Arno Gruen. He demonstrates how ...
Rights sold: Turkey, Hungary, China, Japan, Portugal, Czech Republic

Katharina von der Gathen

Tell Me

Everything children really want to know about sex-and aren't afraid to ask

How much sex education do primary school children need? As much as they ask for, say the experts. And what exactly is it that children want to know? When teaching primary school classes about the human ...

Rights sold: English language, Spain (cast., cat.), Latvia, Taiwan, Korea, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway

The Strangers

An appeal for more compassion

Based on a fragment of a manuscript rediscovered in 2015, this text depicts the violent revolt of the London citizens in the 16th century against the Hugenot refugees. 400 years aft er its creation, the text is still a plea for a humane society in times of radical change. Th e editor and ...

Taking It Icy

Icelandic art of living for beginners and connoisseurs

With photos and illustrations

Drive, flexibility and spontaneity have always been the hallmarks of the isolated North Atlantic island dwellers. Not only have these characteristics helped them to weather the tough conditions of daily life in their inhospitable climate and rough landscape ...


I Did It Norway!

Discovering the Nordic Way of life

Norwegians adore challenges and life in the Great Outdoors and Alva Gehrmann leaps head first into this adventurous world: she sets off into the choppy seas, accompanies a Sami family on a reindeer hike, and participates in music festivals in the midst of lonely mountain landscapes. The author ...

Shadow Powers

How Transnational Networks are Transforming the World’s Regulations

To the exclusion of the public

Beyond the reach of parliaments, transnational groups and networks of groups are working together to set global standards and norms. Public obligations and decision-making mechanisms are privatized in the process, resulting in the gutting of ...


The Spark from Prague

How the courage to fight for liberty changed the course of history

A cry went through the crowd camped outside the German embassy in Prague when on the evening of September 30 th 1989 Hans-Dietrich Genscher appeared on the balcony and announced that an agreement had been reached on refugee travel to West Germany. Many thousands of East German ...


Au Pair Grannies Take on the World

The children have left home, retirement has come and gone, so what now? A trip abroad is a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy new things: a chance for fresh ideas to take root. When she founded the Granny Au-Pair agency, Michaela Hansen created a platform for international cultural ...


Born Under A Bad Sign?

The horrible truth about your horoscope

Time to take off those rose-tinted spectacles and see horoscopes as they really are, once and for all. The only star sign that is brainy, kind and sensitive is your own - with a few exceptions, all the others are anything but! This book reveals - for the first time ever - the ways astrology has ...


The Second World War

Warfare and Politics

The deepest division to have occurred in the history of the 20th Century was undoubtedly the Second World War. The aggression of Germany and its allies Italy and Japan compelled the remaining powers to enter into an »unnatural alliance« despite their conflicting interests.

Rights sold: Romania