The Elephant in the Room

On the misuse of power and how to oppose it

An essay

Original Title: Der Elefant im Zimmer

First German Edition

Hardcover with jacket, 368 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-60074-9
€ 22.00 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: August 31, 2020
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Petra  Morsbach - The Elephant in the Room


A practical guide to resistance: Petra Morsbach on the misuse of power and moral courage

What makes a church authority protect a cardinal, despite having known for decades that he's been sexually abusing pupils and novices? What makes a political party reluctant to uncover a minister's wrongdoing, even when that minister is a member of the opposition? What makes members of an art academy quietly accept a ban on poetry readings? It isn't so much the misuse of power itself that is ominous – after all, it's a perfectly natural inclination – as the evasive, confused, contradictory and unpredictable attitude of its subordinates.

In The Elephant in the Room, Petra Morsbach examines this attitude in three gripping reports. The scenarios presented here not only deal with moral dilemmas, but also tell many-layered stories whose topicality will be clear to every reader – whether they work in a hospital, in a nursery, or for a car maker. A meticulously argued and accessible analysis of the abuse of power, why we tolerate it, and how we can oppose it.

"Petra Morsbach's book is a strong appeal for critique and correction. These are the oxygen of the rule of law."



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