Most Dangerous Animal Human Nature and the Origins of War

ISBN-10: 0312537441
ISBN-13: 9780312537449
Edition: 2009
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 2/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Almost 200 million human beings, mostly civilians, have died in wars over the last century, and there is no end of slaughter in sight. The Most Dangerous Animalasks what it is about human nature that makes it possible for human beings to regularly slaughter their own kind. It tells the story of whyallhuman beings have the potential to be hideously cruel and destructive to one another. Why are we our own worst enemy? The book shows us that war has been with us---in one form or another---since prehistoric times, and looking at the behavior of our close relatives, the chimpanzees, it argues that a penchant for group violence has been bred into us over millions of years of biological evolution. The Most Dangerous Animaltakes the reader on a journey through evolution, history, anthropology, and psychology, showing how and why the human mind has a dual nature: on the one hand, we are ferocious, dangerous animals who regularly commit terrible atrocities against our own kind, on the other, we have a deep aversion to killing, a horror of taking human life. Meticulously researched and far-reaching in scope and with examples taken from ancient and modern history,The Most Dangerous Animaldelivers a sobering lesson for an increasingly dangerous world.

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