WILLFUL BLINDNESS, Margaret Heffernan

A journalist and former CEO, explores the psychological, social and organizational mechanism whereby critical faculties are impaired and disabled in individuals and groups, even nations and societies. Heffernan argues that the tendency to deliberately blind ourselves to the obvious, to refuse to face facts, and look the other way is at the root of human behavior. Drawing on examples from the worlds of business and finance, science, psychology, sociology and history, she reveals how willful blindness plays out for good and for bad in all aspects of our lives. (Bloomsbury USA and Doubleday Canada/Fall 2010)