The book is divided into five general sections: Historical and Literary Insights; Sociological Insights; Biological Insights; Psychiatric and Psychological Insights; and Insights on Survivors and Volunteers. Thirteen articles or books are reviewed in the five sections. Each chapter contains a brief review of the selected book or article. Following this review, parts of the original work are reprinted. Authors represented in the book include Minois, Alvarez, Durkheim, Dublin, Iga, Stoff and Mann, Karl Menninger, Baechler, Aaron, Maltsberger and Goldblatt, Cain, Varah, and Colt.