Robert Jay Lifton: Witness to an Extreme Century

Friday, June 17, 2011

Robert Jay Lifton talks about his pioneering work in psychohistory and explains how his encounters with the effects of cruelty and destructiveness led him to speak out against the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons. In Witness to an Extreme Century, Lifton writes about his life’s journey, from his “Jewish Huck Finn” childhood in Brooklyn to friendships with influential intellectuals, writers, and artists such as Erik Erikson, Margaret Mead, Howard Zinn, Kurt Vonnegut, Stanley Kunitz, Kenzaburo Oe, and Norman Mailer.


Robert Jay Lifton

Comments [3]

... Israelis either, for that matter!

Jun. 17 2011 01:00 PM

Awh, c'mon!

Americans never commit war atrocities!!

Jun. 17 2011 12:59 PM

Your guests comments in some ways remind me of the book, "None of Us Were Like This Before," given his focus on torture and a different analysis of traumatized victims. I'm wondering if he has any thoughts about the some of the terrain that the book covers...

Jun. 17 2011 12:50 PM

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