Graham Greene was an English writer, journalist, and sometime British spy. Several of his novels--some of which are spy thrillers--have been turned into films, such as The End of the Affair and Our Man in Havana. He also wrote the screenplay for the Orson Welles' classic film, The Third Man. "The Destructors" focuses on a street gang in the ruins of bombed-out London immediately after World War II. The story depicts the accession to leadership of the gang's newest recruit and how he urges the boys on to a horrifyingly methodical act of destruction. The story invites us to consider why, in the wake of devastation, there is sometimes an urge to destroy what is left rather than preserve it.
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The Civically Engaged Reader, eds. Davis & Lynn, (Great Books Foundation, 2006).
What do people gain or lose from joining a group or a community?What makes a community strong? What makes it weak?How does a person become a leader?What do we expect from the people we lead? What do we expect from our own leaders?
Civically Engaged Reader