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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User Review  - dandelionroots - LibraryThing

Suggests an origin for the fervor humanity has for war and how its manifestation has morphed throughout our history. Ehrenreich defends that instead of our ancient role as predators forming the root ... Read full review

BLOOD RITES: Origins and History of the Passions of War

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An iconoclastic study in which social commentator and Time essayist Ehrenreich challenges accepted notions of why human beings wage war. In her tenth book Ehrenreich (The Worst Years of Our Lives ... Read full review

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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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