A History of Blaming Other People

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  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781468300154
  • 208 Pages
  • Adult


Humans may have come a long way from the days when a goat was saddled with all the iniquities of the children of Israel and driven into the wilderness, but is the desperate need to find some organization or person to pin the blame on and absolve ourselves of responsibility really any more advanced?

Charlie Campbell highlights the plight of all those others who have found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, illustrating how God needs the Devil as Sherlock Holmes needs Professor Moriarty or James Bond needs "Goldfinger." Every person and society needs someone to oppose. Scapegoat ranges from serious contemplation of Jesus and contemporary issues of government blame-shifting to conspiracy theories.

Scapegoat is a tale of human foolishness that exposes the anger and irrationality of blame-mongering while reminding readers of their own capacity for it. From medieval witch burning to reality TV, this is a brilliantly relevant and timely social history that looks at the obsession, mania, persecution and injustice of scapegoating.


"A wry, entertaining study of the history of blame.Trenchantly sardonic."
– –Kirkus Reviews
"The book gives a great deal of insight without plowing through tedious jargon. It does more than give us good water cooler or dinner conversational tidbits–it makes us stop and examine our all-too-human but non-productive tendency to find someone or something to blame."
– –Saturday Evening Post
"It all started with Eve, Charlie Campbell astutely notes in his alternately amusing and dismaying history of blaming the other guy (or gal)."
– –Globe and Mail
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