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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 14th, 2012
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Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is journalist (The Nation) Eyal Press' important, informing, and inspirational account of how and why people act from places of consciencea book such as no one we know of has otherwise quite written to date. "Drawing on research by psychologists, sociologists, political activists and theorists (such as Susan Sontag and Hannah Arendt), and neuroscientists, Press reveals that the boldest acts of defiance are often made by ordinary people who regard the ideals and values of their societies to be inviolable. This thought-provoking and moving narrative highlights the different ways people react to moral quandaries and, at its best, makes us question the role our own passivity or acquiescence plays in allowing unconscionable acts to happen on our watch." – Publishers Weekly. "Mr. Press argues that ' acts of conscience have a way of reverberating.' Of course, they can do so only if people know about them; that is the service of this humane and absorbing book." – Ruth Franklin, The Wall Street Journal.