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August 7, 1987

Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination

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JAMA. 1987;258(5):705. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400050147045

Vivid and jolting, this book is a major new contribution to the literature of the psychology of war and hence to the prevention of the final epidemic. Sam Keen's slide lecture on the Faces of the Enemy is familiar to many members of Physicians for Social Responsibility, who will commend its publication in this lavishly illustrated and carefully documented volume on the psychology of enmity. A PBS documentary based on the book has also aired June 3. Somehow Keen has found 322 illustrations, 117 in color, for this extraordinary collection of propaganda art, political posters, and cartoons, all dealing with perceptions of the enemy. The text has as many new twists of thought concerning how we think about enemies as the pictorial material has twisted images of antagonists. While Keen writes with a disarmingly calm grace, both the pictures and his verbal images arrest us, so that we are forced