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Trivia Question: Hannah Arendt’s historical book Eichmann in Jerusalem bears what famous subtitle?

Answer: A Report on the Banality of Evil

To be banal is to be commonplace or unimpressive. Arendt’s book explored the trial of a Nazi war criminal while reflecting on how Germany had been fooled into perpetrating atrocities. Though we think of evil as something momentous and radical, Arendt suggested that evil was perpetrated in the same routine ways that good was.

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