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As reviewed by NYT: Over all, Arendt concludes, Eichmann ''was not Iago and not Macbeth. . . . Except for an extraordinary diligence in looking out for his personal advancement, he had no motives at all.'' Such an assessment leads Arendt to render her famous judgment about Eichmann: that he represented the ''banality of evil". http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/books/review/17MASSING.html
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt. This report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in The New Yorker in 1963. This edition contains further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript commenting on the controversy that arose over her book.