We are thrilled to announce that Julia Shaw’s Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side has now been sold to 10 territories.
The book, already published in Germany by Hanser last September, entered the Spiegel Bestseller Chart and sold over 13,000 copies within only a few weeks. Canongate will publish in February at the same time as Abrams in the US.
Kirkus published an early review as follows:
‘Shaw’s intellectual scrutiny is bolstered by statistical data, experiments, and academic research studies from neuroscientists, who underscore the true scientific nature of wrongdoing and wickedness through the human experience. Capably written with a smooth mix of scientific insight and theoretical thought, the book will hopefully inspire empathy and understanding rather than hysteria and condemnation. A consistently fascinating journey into the darker sides of the human condition that will push on the boundaries of readers’ comfort zones.’
Making Evil is about the attraction of evil. What is it about evil that we find so compelling? From our obsession with serial killers to violence in pop culture, we seem inescapably drawn to the stories of monstrous acts and the aberrant people who commit them. But evil, Dr. Julia Shaw argues, is all relative, rooted in our unique cultures. What one may consider normal, like sex before marriage, eating meat, or being a banker, others find abhorrent. And if evil is only in the eye of the beholder, can it be said to exist at all? In Evil, Shaw uses case studies from academia, examples from and popular culture, and anecdotes from everyday life to break down complex information and concepts like the neuroscience of evil, the psychology of bloodlust, and workplace misbehavior. This is a wide-ranging exploration into a fascinating, darkly compelling subject.
Publishers so far are: Canongate (UK) , Abrams (US), Doubleday (Canada), Beijing Wisdom & Culture (China), Carl Hanser (Germany), Prometheus (Holland), Kodansha (Japan), Heyonamsa (Korea), Planeta (Spain) and Cite Publishing (Taiwan).