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Andreanna by S. L. Gilbow
The Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna VanLiere
Bark up the Right Tree by Jessie and Ruth Tschudin
Beware of Tigers by David Horowitz
Can You Spell Revolution? by Matt Beam
Dark Side of the Morgue by Raymond Benson
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
Fiction by Ara 13
Fool by Christopher Moore
Gambling for Good Mail by Evelyn Cole
Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion by Mark Ames
The Heroes of Googley Woogley by Dalton James
The Letter by Richard Paul Evans
Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
An Ornithologist's Guide to Life by Ann Hood
Politics in Compassion by Jack Schauer
The Price of Silence by Deborah Ross
R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Sea Wrack by Edward Jesby
South-Sea Idyls Charles Warren Stoddard
Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers by Peter L. Benson
Stratosphere by Henry Garfield
The Take-Us by John Raymond Takacs
The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa
The Silent Man by Alex Berenson
Ulysses by James Joyce
Vigilante Witch Hunter by Gary Turcotte
Voices Under Berlin by THE Hill
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Women in Business by Patricia Annino
The World I Never Made by James LePore



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Comments for Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion

Going PostalGoing Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: 06/29/09

I was half expecting Going Postal to be a sensationalist history of the most violent of shootings in recent American history. Instead the book is a frank and curious investigation of the psychology behind these acts of violence.

What Mark Ames finds is that most people don't snap no matter how bad the situation is. An otherwise mentally stable human being won't rebel against a bad situation even if an act of rebellion would result in a better situation for himself and others. A mentally ill person though is far more likely to snap and he documents his observation with a number of historical profiles from history. (See Part II: The Banality of Slavery)

If you are interested in what makes people tick and what makes some people snap, Going Postal is worth a read. It's just shy of 300 pages with a lengthy set of end notes. While violent acts are described the are not sensationalized.

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Comment #1: Wednesday, July, 8, 2009 at 15:34:06

Callista

Hmm that sounds pretty interesting. Psychology is very interesting to me.



Comment #2: Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 22:49:00

Pussreboots

I was suprised at how interesting the book ended up being. It is outside my normal sort of genre but it was really good.