"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
Knowing or having a sense of what makes us be and behave in the way we do is great.
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.
so we are hardwired to resort to war for the many benefits it brings us,
atheists are just as fanatical as their religious opponents when discussing life,
when you ignore... Read more
Well written, rich, evocative description and well argued. Meanders a bit at times. Greater command of research literature could strengthen argument. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some books require slow ingestion to truly savor their essence. 'The Most Dangerous Animal' is one of them. Read morePublished 8 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 13 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 14 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 19 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