VIOLENCE IN OUR TIME by Sandy Lesberg

VIOLENCE IN OUR TIME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

DANGER! DANGER! This collector of carnage has the gall to proclaim: ""the slightest gesture of hostility"" (a rebuke to a child, even the crushing of ""an errant bug"") is a step toward the holocaust. Proof? Beaten and maimed children. Murder victims, faces bloody, limbs dangling. A snarling Charles Manson, Bonnie and Clyde mugging, Dutch Schultz, Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone. One after another suicide in mid-air. Ten pages of exhumed Jewish corpses. Executions in Revolutionary Russia, Nationalist China, 1935 America (""Capital punishment in action""). Arab terrorism, racial violence, labor disputes, antiwar demonstrations. Attica, the Mau Mau. World War I, World War II, the atom bomb. A typical caption: ""The brutal reality of corpses frozen in the snow shows the horrors of wartime."" But war, like every act of violence, has always held horror, and hostility will always seek outlets. The difference is that now we have a pictorial record for some to exploit and others to feast upon. The ultimate evidence of insensibility would be to tolerate a book like this.

Pub Date: May 16th, 1977
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill