Blood Rites Origins and History of the Passions of War

ISBN-10: 0805057870

ISBN-13: 9780805057874

Edition: Revised 

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Description: An ALA Notable Book A New York Times Notable Book In Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery of the human attraction to violence: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind of sacred undertaking? Blood Rites takes us on an original journey from the elaborate human sacrifices of the ancient world to the carnage and holocaust of twentieth-century "total war." Sifting through the fragile records of prehistory, Ehrenreich discovers the wellspring of war in an unexpected place--not in a "killer instinct" unique to the males of our species but in the blood rites early humans performed to reenact their terrifying experience of predation by stronger carnivores. Brilliant in conception, rich in scope, Blood Rites is a monumental work that will transform our understanding of the greatest single threat to human life.

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites"; "The Worst Years of Our Lives"; "Fear of Falling", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, & eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, The New York Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
The Ecstasy of War
Sacred Meat
The True Mark of the Beast
The First Blood Sacrifice
The Rebellion Against the Beast
When the Predator Had a Woman's Face
"A Rough Male Sport"
Fearful Symmetries
The Warrior Elite
The Sacralization of War
Guns and the Democratization of Glory
An Imagined Bestiary
Three Cases of War Worship
The Further Evolution of War in the Twentieth Century
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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