Robert Jay Lifton: Witness to an Extreme Century

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.