James Dawes discusses "Evil Men." He will be joined by photographer Wing Young Huie.

A searching meditation on our all-too-human capacity for inhumanity, Evil Men confronts atrocity head-on--how it looks and feels, what motivates it, how it can be stopped.

Drawing on firsthand interviews with convicted war criminals from the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945), James Dawes leads us into the frightening territory where soldiers perpetrated some of the worst crimes imaginable: murder, torture, rape, medical experimentation on living subjects. Transcending conventional reporting and commentary, Dawes’s narrative weaves together unforgettable segments from the interviews with consideration of the troubling issues they raise. Telling the personal story of his journey to Japan, Dawes also lays bare the cultural misunderstandings and ethical compromises that at times called the legitimacy of his entire project into question. For this book is not just about the things war criminals do. It is about what it is like, and what it means, to befriend them.

James Dawes will be joined by noted Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie. Like Dawes’ own work, Wing Young Huie’s process begins with interviews to produce photographs of startling candor and impact. Learn more at www.wingyounghuie.com.


James Dawes is Professor of English and Director of the Program in Human Rights and Humanitarianism at Macalester College.

Event date: 
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
55105 Saint Paul
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ISBN: 9780674072657
Availability: Unavailable - Out of Print
Published: Harvard University Press - May 6th, 2013