"In The Most Dangerous Animal, David Livingstone Smith illuminates an exceedingly dark subject: humankind's deep-seated penchant for war. The result is a discerning, insightful, highly original, and very disturbing book."--Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War."
"This is a brilliant book. It weaves together a wealth of insights from science, history, literature, philosophy and contemporary affairs into an accessible, lucid, and cogently argued defense of the role of human nature in war."--Robert L. Holmes, Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester, and author of On War and Morality
I recommend this book to anyone taking a class about war.
David Livingstone Smith constructs a view of human nature that will give you a framework for understanding why we are the most dangerous animal.
The way the information is presented along with the research makes this a fascinatingly easy book to read.
Well written, rich, evocative description and well argued. Meanders a bit at times. Greater command of research literature could strengthen argument. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff Sinn
Some books require slow ingestion to truly savor their essence. 'The Most Dangerous Animal' is one of them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. Daly
I recommend this book to anyone taking a class about war. I had an anthropology of war class and this book really explained everything in easy to understand terms, with good... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Heidi Eye
When I began reading this book I was searching information about human evil and I definitely got ya more information than what I was expecting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Luis
What makes us warlike? Are we acting like animals when we commit murder? What would it take to turn you into a killer? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Mathison
Whoa, as a veteran of the recent wars this book has helped me out in monumental ways. The way the information is presented along with the research makes this a fascinatingly easy... Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by BruceB33
This is an amazing work! It is the product of great scholarship and humanity. I have been personally
inspired by the book to create a movement named after it, which will... Read more
The book's production is to show the truth and honesty in which all of our, humans, beginnings and in which why we do the things we do that results into violence. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Travis Torres
"The Most Dangerous Animal" by Professor David Smith is a well-intentioned contribution to looking into the human condition which makes it possible for humans to kill each other. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Michael P. Lefand