Reviews of Anatomy of Malice
[The] fantastic, arresting new book Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals has a biting complexity …. The stories of the personalities on both sides of the Nuremberg proceedings are full of … conflicts that Dimsdale dramatizes with fast-paced flair… Dimsdale writes his account of the Nuremberg trials (and their underlying implications) in a series of almost staccato chapters of sharp, incisive prose leavened with a personal tone that’s always controlled …. In the classic storytelling model, its narrative darts everywhere but stalls and deepens rather than closes. But thanks to Dimsdale’s agile, inquisitive approach, such irresolution seems almost the wiser course." Open Letters Monthly: an Arts and Literature Review
This harrowing tale and detective story asks whether the Nazi War Criminals were fundamentally like other people, or fundamentally different. Compelling and well told, it reexamines a historical period we must never forget, and its central question is at the heart of what it is to be human."
T.M. Luhrmann, author of When God Talks Back
A masterful and rigorous portrayal of the trial of the Nazi war criminals. Superbly written and meticulously researched, this is a riveting narrative of the trial, the Nazi criminals, and the psychologist who analyzed them.”
Irvin Yalom, Stanford University
Exciting, provocative, and surprising, this compelling book explores the diverse personalities that contributed to the evil of the Nazi regime. Collecting and integrating their stories, Dimsdale explores the frequently unsolved challenges of psychiatric and psychological assessments and the role of the assessor.”
Winfried Rief, University of Marburg, Germany
In this fascinating and compelling journey into the depraved minds of some of the Nazi leaders, a respected scientist who has long studied the Holocaust asks probing questions about the nature of malice. I could not put this book down.”
Thomas N. Wise, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Since before the Second World War ended, psychiatrists and psychologists have been trying to understand the minds of the Nazi leadership. Dimsdale takes a fresh look at the nature of wickedness, and at our attempts to explain it. This is a must read."
Sir Simon Wessely, Royal College of Psychiatrists