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  • Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
  • Auteur(s): Christopher R. Browning
  • Narrateur(s): Kevin Gallagher
  • Durée: 10 h
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (204 évaluations)

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Ordinary Men

Auteur(s): Christopher R. Browning
Narrateur(s): Kevin Gallagher
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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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  • Au global
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good book - hard to digest

Why books like this don't make it into high school curriculum is a mystery. Much to learn about the capabilities of ordinary human beings and how "group think" can be a straight path to hell.

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Eerily Relevant

This book should be read in schools. It's hard to hear the horror stories of the holocaust but digging into why these ordinary men performed these atrocious acts will make you think about our society today.

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Important read

To understand the present, one should look to the past - so as to not repeat what has been forgotten. This book does this.

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everyone should read this book

it's a hard to hear what normal people can do to each other but good to understand . this book shows you that very few people are above being a killer under the right conditions

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unbelievable

It is a slow informative start and a slow ending describing horror and death of so many innocent people. Those that follow others without question is the death of all individuals.

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Eye opening

Great breakdown of how police officers became murderers. Also parallels to me how the vaccinated were so easily turned again the unvaccinated by the goverment during the COVID-19 pandemic. I saw similarities in behavior. Not suggesting murderous behavior, but willingness to follow the goverment without question. You listen and decide.

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Hard read. Critical questions!

Well written, difficult topic to write on. Well researched and well thought through. Disturbing topic, critical questions to try to answer. Author does an excellent job. How can good normal people because heartless murderers? How can they return to a normal life? Need to as face these issues.

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Academic and thought provoking

The entire first half of the book is devoted to the actions committed with the back half being the explanation of their actions. With this being an audio book, it makes it annoying, compared to a book that you could flip back to the chapter and connect the dots.

I wouldn’t recommend this book in audio format. While the story told is useful to know and learn from, in audio format it’s not worth it.

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chilling

I debated giving this 4 stars because of its foreword which i found at times to be a bit off putting but had to think back to the time it was written and that i guess there was debate of his work so he is just I guess convincing and making you understand his conclusion which in the end is useful. plus this content just comes charged with emotions. it's difficult to listen to and even understand how this could all happen and most shockingly so easy! hug your family. love your neighbors and always question the government and these ideological leaders.

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Chilling.

Be humble, be very humble. There is so much you do not know. About your history and what you might do, if you perceive you are cornered.

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  • Andrew lester
  • 2020-06-07

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
  • 2020-06-04

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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  • Daniel Eduardo Lopez Gomez
  • 2020-05-29

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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  • Demid V. Fedorov
  • 2020-06-30

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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  • Lauren Grippo
  • 2020-09-13

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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  • Erich Soiles
  • 2020-07-21

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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  • Chad
  • 2020-09-01

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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  • Nathaniel Overcash
  • 2020-08-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-26

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
  • 2021-02-11

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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