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Savage Spawn

(1999)
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This thought-provoking and timely book from a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and noted child psychologist reveals the factors that often lead to explosive and shocking juvenile violence.

"Ethically and morally, kids are works in progress. Throw in psychopathy and you've got a soul that will never be complete."

In this powerful, disturbing book, bestselling author and noted child psychologist Jonathan Kellerman shines a penetrating light on antisocial youth - kids who kill without remorse - asserting that "psychopathic tendencies begin very early in life, as young as three, and they endure." Criticizing our quick impulse to blame violent movies or a "morally bankrupt" society, Kellerman convinces us that it is the kids themselves who need to be examined. Carefully.

How do children become cold-blooded killers? Kellerman warns that today's aggressive bully is tomorrow's Mafia don, cult leader, or genocidal dictator. Violently psychopathic youths possess an overriding need for power, control, and stimulation, and all display a complete lack of regard for the humanity of others. He examines the origins of psychopathy and the ever-shifting debate between nurture and nature, offering some controversial solutions to dealing with homicidal tendencies in children.

As timely as today's headlines, more gripping than fiction, Savage Spawn is a provocative look at the links between society and biology, children and violence. Kellerman's sobering message will remain with you long after the last page is turned.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt.


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Used availability for Jonathan Kellerman's Savage Spawn

Paperback Editions

May 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children (Library of Contemporary Thought)
Author(s): Jonathan Kellerman
ISBN: 0-345-42939-7 / 978-0-345-42939-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

May 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children
Author(s): Jonathan Kellerman
Publisher: Phoenix Books
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May 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children
Author(s): Jonathan Kellerman
Publisher: Phoenix Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children
Author(s): Jonathan Kellerman
ISBN: 0-7871-1877-X / 978-0-7871-1877-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dove Booksellers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2003 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children (Library of Contemporary Thought)
Author(s): Jonathan Kellerman
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA