Blood Rites

Origins and History of the Passions of War

Barbara Ehrenreich

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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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"Ehrenreich has outdone herself in breaking with conventional history, and the result is thrilling in that seeing-the-world-anew way."-Susan Faludi, The Nation

"Splendid . . . .A fascinating perspective on our staunch devotion to mass, mutual slaughter. Blood Rites is that rare animal, a nonfiction page-turner."-Newsweek

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Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of nine widely acclaimed books, including Fear of Falling and The Hearts of Men. A regular essayist for Time, she has written for every major magazine and newspaper in the country. She lives near Key West, Florida.

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Blood Rites
Origins and History of the Passions of War
Barbara Ehrenreich

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
May 1997
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805050776
ISBN10: 0805050779
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$25.00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
A Metropolitan/Holt Paperbacks Book
May 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805057874
ISBN10: 0805057870
6 x 9 inches, 304 pages
$19.00
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