Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

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Granta Publications, Apr 7, 2011 - History - 304 pages
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What lies behind the human attraction to violence? Why do we glorify war, seeing it as an almost sacred undertaking? Barbara Ehrenreich is known for the originality and clarity of her thinking, and in Blood Rites she proposes a radical new theory about our attitudes to bloodshed. From the trenches of Verdun to today’s front lines, Ehrenreich traces the history of warfare back to our prehistoric ancestors’ terrifying experiences of being hunted by other carnivores. Written with wit, tenacity and intellectual flair, this is vintage Ehrenreich, and an account that will transform our understanding of human conflict.

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Review: Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

User Review  - Geoffrey Bateman - Goodreads

I read this for work -- seeing if it might be useful for the introduction to peace and justice studies course I teach -- but I still enjoyed it. It's especially engaging and thoughtful as an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Saul Hudacin - Goodreads

this book has amazing implications and it's eerie that it was written just a few years before the us invasion of Iraq- in "peace time" Read full review

About the author (2011)

BARBARA EHRENREICH is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Smile or Die and Nickel and Dimed. She lives in Virginia, USA.

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