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978-0-345-42939-1 / 9780345429391

Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children (Library of Contemporary Thought)

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Publisher:Ballantine Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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This thought-provoking and timely book from a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and noted child psychologist reveals the factors that often lead to explosive and shocking juvenile violence.

Ethically and morally, kids are works in progress. Throw in psychopathy and youve got a soul that will never be complete.

In this powerful, disturbing book, bestselling author and noted child psychologist Jonathan Kellerman shines a penetrating light on antisocial youthkids who kill without remorseasserting that psychopathic tendencies begin very early in life, as young as three, and they endure. Criticizing our quick impulse to blame violent movies or a morally bankrupt society, Kellerman convinces us that it is the kids themselves who need to be examined. Carefully.

How do children become cold-blooded killers? Kellerman warns that todays aggressive bully is tomorrows Mafia don, cult leader, or genocidal dictator. Violently psychopathic youths possess an overriding need for power, control, and stimulation, and all display a complete lack of regard for the humanity of others. He examines the origins of psychopathy and the ever-shifting debate between nurture and nature, offering some controversial solutions to dealing with homicidal tendencies in children.

As timely as todays headlines, more gripping than fiction, Savage Spawn is a provocative look at the links between society and biology, children and violence. Kellermans sobering message will remain with you long after the last page is turned.

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