New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley investigates how good people get captured by high conflict — and how they break free.
The concept of high conflict is portrayed in a well-researched and relatable manner. Ripley “is an eloquent writer and her organization of ideas and stories is brilliant,” a critic commented in goodreads.com.
Yascha Mounk said in a review for The New York Times: “In High Conflict, Ripley tells the harrowing tales of people who got drawn into fights that consume their lives and make them capable of committing terrible injustices, from a gang leader on the South Side of Chicago to a guerrilla fighter in the Colombian jungle.”
Mounk added: But with a scrupulous eye for scientific evidence that is rare in a book this entertaining, Ripley also explains how it is possible for hardened combatants to leave behind the conflicts that once defined the core of their identity.”
Conflict, Ripley argues, can be productive.
“It is often good for people who disagree to state their differences and advocate for their own interests,” said the review.