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“Timely reading... LeBlanc's short book makes accessible to general readers controversial ideas well-known in (archaeology)... (and) offers a serious critique of both 'rational choice' by our leaders for short-term ends and of environmental neglect in a market economy as leading to disaster.” ―St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“In a provocative and simulating book, Steven LeBlanc places warfare at the center of human existence. He sees it as a constant battle over scarce resources from the earliest days of our history. In so doing, he gives us hope for the future, in a world where we have the potential to feed everyone. He gives us an important contribution to a growing debate over the causes and future of war.” ―Brian Fagan, professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Little Ice Age
Very interesting and thought provoking. Definitely worth reading. Probably should be required reading for all students of history and psychology.Published 1 month ago by K. Coates
I found this book to be a great reference source that points out the eternal savage nation of societies and civilizations without Christ as their personal savior. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rick S. Habecker
I particularly like the fact that the author states right from the start that this is not a PC book written to accommodate the university faculty committee. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alma Jeanne Carman
Writing to an educated reader who need not be a scholar, LeBlanc reviews the myth of the noble savage in actually very exhaustive detail that includes 17 pages of references to the... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Peter Oliphant
It is long past the time that we took a realistic look at how humans have behaved during the past thousands of years. And not how we wished they had behaved..Published on May 9, 2013 by Reader
Interesting thesis--warfare has been constant in humans for at least a million years. But the first half of the book presents no evidence, just invective against those who... Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Robert A. Schultz
This book has two main points: that people often fight physically, and that they have always placed excessive pressure on their food resources. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Sam Thayer