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Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

A New York Times Notable Book
An ALA Notable Book

"Original and illuminating." --The Washington Post

What draws our species to war? What makes us see violence as a kind of sacred duty, or a ritual that boys must undergo to "become" men? Newly reissued in paperback, Blood Rites takes readers on an original journey from the elaborate human sacrifices of the ancient world to the carnage and holocaust of twentieth-century "total war."

Ehrenreich sifts deftly through the fragile records of prehistory and 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 experiences of predation by stronger carnivores.

Brilliant in conception and rich in scope, Blood Rites is a monumental work that continues to transform our understanding of the greatest single threat to human life.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of over a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Natural Causes. She lives in Virginia.

ISBN: 9781455543700

ISBN-10: 9781455543700

Publisher: Twelve

Publication Date: 01/07/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/07/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 384

Language: English

Categories

Social Science / Violence in Society

Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social

Social Science / Men's Studies

History / Military / Nuclear Warfare