A landmark historical investigation into crimes against humanity and the nature of evil that is over two decades in the making.
'The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.' Hannah Arendt
I You We Them is a study of the psychology of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, the `desk killers' who ordered and directed some of the worst atrocities of the last two hundred years. It is also an exploration of corporate responsibility and personal culpability today, connecting the bureaucratic blindness that created desk killing to the same moral myopia that exists now in the calm, clean offices of global capitalism.
It is a journal of discovery, based on decades of research, interviews with hundreds of participants, and extensive first-hand experience. It encompasses extended investigations into a number of specific cases, moving from the brutalities of Empire to the scorched gas fields of the Niger Delta, from the industrial complex of Auschwitz to the empty sites of the Bosnian genocide; bearing witness, recording, and attempting to understand.
It is a synthesis of history, reportage and memoir, and a book that will forever change the way we think about the past, and about our future.
Dan Gretton is a writer, activist and teacher. He studied at the University of Cambridge, where he co-founded the pioneering political arts organisation Platform. His work on human rights and peace issues range from the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s to campaigning against contemporary human rights abuses. He is an influential public speaker and lecturer, establishing `The Body Politic' programme in art and activism at the University of London, Birkbeck, and participating in conferences on human rights around the world. He has worked and shared platforms with Wole Soyinka, Angela Davis, Yinka Shonibare, Tony Benn and William Boyd, among many others. He lives in London.