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242 pages, Paperback
First published February 1, 2005
As an adult, I would guess it is impossible to not have had to face the realities of evil in some way, and this book helps guide that thought process. It calls evil what it is; does not descend into despair, in fact, spends much of the time facing evil by showing how we are called to spread hope; but is also grounded in historical truth not "sugar coating" certain groups or countries actions to seem better or less than what they were. (If you think I'm implying Germany and the Holocaust, that is mentioned and dealt with, but Guinness is careful to point out and provide examples that evil is not a national / racial / religious past time, it is a personal problem in every one of us.)
Honestly, I felt this book was excellent. Beyond the fact that it helped me work through my own thoughts and feelings on the subject matter (which is a struggle I've often felt), the truth of the past and the hope for the future were wonderful. Understanding that this world will never be a paradise, but in our time here we can change it for better. Guinness' conclusion states it perfectly; so many times something horrible happens, and our leaders of the time say "Never again!", when we should be saying "Not through me."
Content notes: No language issues. Painful topics like rapes, murders (often on extremely large scales) are mentioned, but though the victims' sufferings are not under played, the subjects are gently handled and would not be inappropriate for high-school or mature middle school readers.