- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809224798
- ISBN-13: 978-0809224791
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Combining anthropology, zoology and neuroscience, Why We Hate: Understanding, Curbing, and Eliminating Hate in Ourselves and Our World attempts to explain the scientific underpinnings of the emotion that leads to prejudice, violence and genocide. The far-ranging if sometimes digressive book by journalist and science writer Rush Dozier Jr. (Fear Itself) uses plenty of present-day examples of racial, religious and political conflicts the Russians' war in Chechnya, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Oklahoma City bombing as a launching point for his explanations of how the primitive reptilian brain and the fight-or-flight response lie at the root of our cultural prejudices.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"In the post-9/11 struggle for a sane global vision, this antihatred manifesta could not be more timely."
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Top Customer Reviews
Important takeaway: Hate is extraordinarily difficult and dangerous to overcome but peace cannot be maintained without addressing the problem of hatred.
I can't wait to read Dozier other book, Fear Itself.
I do have somewhat of a gripe with some of his history though. He treats the Arab-Israel conflict as a sort of feud, and thats not what it is. A peace-loving country can be surrounded by neighbors who use violence to destroy it, and so it must use violence to defend itself. It doesn't take two to make war, it just takes one aggressor, and one country that refuses to be a victim. For instance, the US didn't invade Afghanistan because it hated Afghans, or Moslems. It invaded largely to defend itself, and after the invasion we learned just how extensive the Al Queda training camps were and how they saw our cities as their targets.
Talking about "cycles of violence" doesn't make sense in this type of context. Rush Dozier does not regard the US action against the Taliban as a feud or cycle of violence, which is good, but he does view the Israel situation that way, which is bad.
Were Mr. Dozier to have used just a little psychological insight, and even a smattering of political science he would have no doubt noticed that U.S. culture is and always has been a fine laboratory specimen of a culture of hate at work and at play everyday. Here we have as much hate as as any country still in existence. We have racism against blacks that is still disgraceful. We have sexism, homophobia, and anti-semitism, yet Mr. Dozier studiously avoided these in favor of discussing Islamic Jihads, Osama bin Laden and such. This approach is likely to sell books, but how intellectually honest an effort is it, really? We had hate long before Osama and the Jihads, or didn't we?
Somehow, Mr. Dozier managed to seek far away examples in the Middle East, and elsewhere rather than right here at home. In skilfully omitting the U.S. among his examples he missed an important opportunity to use his fine research as a vehicle not just to sell books, but also to help heal this nation we all love so dearly. Nevertheless buy the book it is worth reading.
Don't read it especially if you are looking for a psychology book.