The current state of knowledge of human behavior is not complete. Simon is firmly intent on illumining the darker side of such behavior. In this riveting book, his very considerable writing talents, in synergy with his longstanding professional interest in human behavior, function, in effect, as a key unlocking the enigmatic, complex door to human violence and deviance. Simon hurls the reader unabashedly into the frightening world of human depravity. It is a world in which not-acted-on violence, aggression, and sadism are part of human normalcy. It is a world, moreover, in which the dark side of a person’s humanity is, frankly, inextricable. The sobering, albeit instructive, message that Simon endeavors assiduously to impart is that rather than futilely, and mistakenly, denying the bestial part of one’s humanness, one should instead honestly acknowledge one’s darker impulses and strive to harness such impulses or even possibly channel them for good purposes.