Reviewers are finding Ben Kiernan’s newest book, Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur, to be an engaging look at an important and timely subject.
In a review for the October 8th issue of The New Republic, Michael Ignatieff calls Blood and Soil “a formidable and important book…. Ben Kiernan has provided the most extensive history of [humanity’s] genocidal propensities that I have ever read.”
Subscribers to The New Republic can read the whole article here.
Graeme Wood of The New York Sun says that the book “plumbs the mens rea of the ethnic cleanser…. Each case is written sharply enough to escape the aroma of potted history that sometimes afflicts comparative studies of this type or political accounts.”
Read the entire New York Sun review here.
Also, Jerry Fowler of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum talked to Ben Kiernan on his program Voices on Genocide Prevention. You can hear a podcast of that interview, or read the transcript.
Read an excerpt of Blood and Soil.
View the table of contents.