Books: No Better? No Worse?

EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM (275 pp.)—Hannah Arendt—Viking ($5.50).

As an executioner, Adolf Eichmann was a flop. He got queasy at the sight of corpses, and when a fellow Nazi invited him to peep at some Jews being gassed in a truck, he ran away in terror. "If today I am shown a gaping wound," he declared, "I can't possibly look at it. I am that type of person."

Reassessing the trial of Adolf Eichmann in her own original fashion (in a book first serialized in The New Yorker), Political Philosopher Hannah Arendt cites these and other facts and concludes that Eichmann's version of his...

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