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    “A remarkable - and singularly chilling - glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously researched book...represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust." (Newsweek)

    Now available in audio for the first time, Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews - now with a new afterword and additional photographs. 

    Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. 

    Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition.  

    Ordinary Men is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today.  

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

    ©2017 Christopher R. Browning (P)2020 HarperAudio

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    • 07/06/2020

    could've done without the afterword...

    The story is excellent and strong but could've done without the afterword of the author bashing his literary rivals... realistically 2 hours of the audiobook was ranting

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    • JD
    • 04/06/2020

    Ok book minus the afterword

    The reason I’m giving this book and single star and requesting a refund isn’t so much the main content, even though it was disappointing at best. Rather my negative review is earned through the 2.5 hour afterward the author chose to include. Instead of being new insight or information, this addition is simply hours of the author whining that someone disagreed with their conclusions. Perhaps the author is unfamiliar with the world, but differences of opinions are commonplace and to just continually cry about how you are right and this other person was wrong was very off putting.

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    • Demid V. Fedorov
    • 30/06/2020

    Very chaotic narration.

    90% of the book (9 hrs) is disjointed descriptions of various massacres. The part about “ordinary men” is only about an hour long and at the very end.

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    • Daniel Eduardo Lopez Gomez
    • 29/05/2020

    They were ordinary men...just like you or me

    Most people cannot fathom how the Holocaust came to be. Well... here it is. A vast array of factors - that would have pushed most people to do exactly what the men of these times did - influenced the individual participation of the people involved in the mass murder of other humans.
    This book is not for the light of heart, but I believe it is something everyone should read. The details in the book suffice to give you an idea of what happened, where it happened, and most importantly, why it happened.

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    • Erich Soiles
    • 21/07/2020

    speaking the truth

    details of the book and what happened are incredible. still a hard subject to read. not sure I could do the research myself and be the same type of person. actually I don't think I'm the same type of person after reading the book. amazingly hard to speak the truth what happened

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    • Lauren Grippo
    • 13/09/2020

    Terrifyingly real

    This is a must listen.. it’s not enjoyable, at least not in the traditional sense of the word, however it delves deep into the how and why ordinary men could commit such atrocious acts against humanity. The narrator is perfect, in my opinion, for the macabre section of the book you have to get through.

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    • Nathaniel Overcash
    • 17/08/2020

    Should be required reading

    This should be required reading in any High School History class. Pure and simple. Too many have such a naive view on how man could enact such atrocities on his fellow man.

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    • Chad
    • 01/09/2020

    Essential reading for today

    Don’t believe that you or someone you know could become a mass killer? Read this and realize the push required is but a breath.

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    • 26/06/2020

    a must read on human behavior

    a must read for anyone interested in how "normal" people can be lead to commit acts of atrocities. Its scary how propaganda now is turning back into demonizing the other, both left and right are edging toward dehumanization and lack of individual responsibility in crimes.

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    • D. Roberts
    • 11/02/2021

    Absolutely chilling but necessary

    I found the afterward a bit tedious but the body of this book will change your perspective on human nature and the events that too many people throw around as casual epithets.

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    • Sebastian L.
    • 11/08/2020

    A fascinating book with a flawed narrator

    The book, its general topic and its suggested conclusions are absolutely fascinating - especially for a German like me, who experienced his own grandfather as one of the kindest and unprejudiced people on the planet, only to learn of his involvement in WWII, after his death.

    However, this book is not just for people interested in WWII out the Nazi regime. I wouldn't even say it's primarily for them. This book is for everybody who wants to even begin to understand human morality and their own moral fragility.

    If every 19-year-old were required to read this book and discuss its implications, the world would be a better place.

    My only gripe with this audio version is the narrator. He has an great voice and it's a pleasure to listen to him - until he tries to speak German. His German accent is extremely poor, to the extent that I can't understand what he's saying, and even someone who doesn't speak a word of German can hear how clumsy his efforts sound like. I've taught German to various English speakers and can attest that it is possible to develop a better accent within a week. The producer of this audio book should have either used a narrator who can already speak at least some German or given the narrator three hours with a German coach, to get him prepped.

    I've only taken 1 star from the performance, since the rest of the narration is absolutely on point.

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