Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
Inspired by the trial of a bureaucrat who helped cause the Holocaust, this radical work on the banality of evil stunned the world with its exploration of a regime's moral blindness and one man's insistence that he be absolved all guilt because he was 'only following orders'.
Hannah Arendt was born in Germany in 1906. She fled Germany in 1933, having received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. Between 1933 and 1941 she worked in France helping Jewish refugee children emigrate to Palestine. After moving to the United States Hannah Arendt held many influential positions in many universities. She died in 1975.