Lucifer Principle
Howard Bloom

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Narrated By: Malcolm Hillgartner

Duration: 12 hours and 3 minutes

What to expect

The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that “evil” is a by-product of nature’s strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric. Though this argument is not a new one—it has been brought forth by such great historical figures as St. Paul, Thomas Hobbes, and Raymond Dart—Howard Bloom here takes fresh data from a variety of sources and shapes it into a lens through which listeners can reinterpret the human experience.


Scientific research, Humanist philosophy

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“Unlike anything you’ve ever read before. An act of astonishing intellectual courage.”

Leon Uris, New York Times bestselling author

“Readers will be mesmerized by the mirror Bloom holds to the human condition and dumbfounded by the fusillade of eclectic data that arrives with the swiftness and intensity of a furious tennis volley. His style is effortless, engaging, witty, and brisk…He draws on a dozen years of research into a jungle of scholarly fields…and meticulously supports every bit of information.”

Washington Post

“Provocative…explosive…feisty…a string of rhetorical firecrackers that challenge our many forms of self-righteousness.”

Boston Globe

“Bloom’s tour of science and history is fascinating…A grand, exciting idea.”

Detroit Free Press

“Howard Bloom’s book is an epoch-making and culture-defining treatise. It is destined to be the Future Shock of our time.”

Bob Guccione Jr., publisher and editor-in-chief of Spin magazine

“Elegant…the highest quality of brain food…[A] revolutionary new vision of human nature…[a] monumental work…Heady stuff from a wonderful, original thinker…Simply stunning.”

Newark Star-Ledger

“A philosophical look at the history of our species, which alternated between fascinating and frightening. Reading it was like reading Dean Koontz or Stephen King: I couldn’t put it down…Masterful.”

Rocky Mountain News

“An ambitious, often provocative study.”

Publishers Weekly

“Bloom draws on an impressive range of historical, anthropological, and biological research to support his thesis…Thought-provoking.”

Kirkus Reviews

The Lucifer Principle is a long step forward to understand human biology. Its original assessment is brilliant; its historical facts are unassailable…An outstanding book.”

Richard Bergland, MD, founder of the Department of Neurology, Sloan-Kettering, and author of The Fabric of the Mind

“A revolutionary vision of the relationship between psychology and history, The Lucifer Principle will have a profound impact on our concepts of human nature. It is astonishing that a book of such importance could be such a pleasure to read.”

Elizabeth F. Loftus, author of Mindfulness

The Lucifer Principle is a tour de force, a brilliant and seminal work.”