Evil Genes

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Evil Genes
Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend
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Hardcover edition
Author Barbara A. Oakley
Country United States
Language English
Subject Sociology
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Prometheus Books
Publication date
October 31, 2007
Pages 459 pp.
ISBN 978-1-59102-580-1

Evil Genes is a book by Barbara Oakley, a systems engineer,[1] about the neurological and social factors contributing to chronic antisocial behavior. The text was published on October 31, 2007 by Prometheus Books.

The book has earned both praise[2][3] and criticism[4] for its treatment of what Oakley considers gaps in psychological research surrounding "successfully sinister" individuals — those who show subclinical symptoms of personality disorders, and who are often found in positions of authority in politics, religion, business, and academia.

See also


  1. About Barbara A. Oakley at Amazon.com
  2. Garfinkel, Jennifer; Greg Isaacson and Peter Sergo. "Bookshelf: Head Trips and Evil Genes", Psychology Today, November/December 2007.
  3. Bortz, Fred. 'Evil Genes': Barbara Oakley delves into the science behind bad behavior, Dallas Morning News, 18 November 2007.
  4. Richards, Robert J. "Bad Seeds". American Scientist, March–April 2008, p. 164.

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