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This is a really interesting documentary that brings together some of the best empathy thinkers on the planet, containing interviews with people like neuropsychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, founder of the Roots of Empathy education programme Mary Gordon, and author of The Empathic Civilization
This is one of a pair of films that Clint Eastwood made about the Battle for Iwo Jima, a key confrontation between the US and the Japanese in World War Two. The other film, Flags of Our Fathers, is told from the perspective of American soldiers.
Warning: only the original 1930 version of this film is worth watching. This classic, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1930, is based on the novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of the First World War.
This is the original book on which Steven Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List, was based. Keneally is both a historian and a novelist, and this book combines both approaches with enormous skill.
John Howard Griffin, who was born in Texas in 1920, was a remarkable character. During World War Two he joined the French underground, helping smuggle Jewish children out of Germany to England.
In this book journalist and historian Adam Hochschild delves into what he refers to as the world’s first great human rights movement – the movement to abolish slavery and the slave trade in Britain in the late eighteenth century.