The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future, New York: Harper Torchbooks. Harper & Row, Publishers, 1987

In this skillfully argued work Rubenstein seeks to set the mechanical nonhumanity of the perpetrators of the Shoah in a vast historical context, on the one hand of slavery (essentially making humans into consumer disposables) and on the other the rise of the inhuman city, where functionaries survey the lives of the city-dwellers from behind closed doors. Profoundly controversial but life changing if its prophetic message is taken seriously.