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When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge and an opportunity. Pushing 40, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, part of him yearns to cross the street and join up. The other part is terrified.
Gottschall eventually works up his nerve and starts training for a real cage fight. He's fighting not only as a personal test but also to answer questions that have intrigued him for years: Why do men fight? And why do so many seemingly decent people like to watch? Gottschall endures extremes of pain, occasional humiliation, and the incredulity of his wife to take us into the heart of fighting culture - culminating, after almost two years of grueling training, in his own cage fight.
Gottschall's unsparing personal journey crystallizes in his epiphany, and ours, that taming male violence through ritualized combat has been a hidden key to the success of the human race. Without the restraining codes of the monkey dance, the world would be a much more chaotic and dangerous place.
©2015 Jonathan Gottschall (P)2015 Recorded Books
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By Kris on 12-03-17

I really enjoyed this book!u

This book was very entertaining and amazingly honest from start to finish. The author provides a fun, relatable story with tons of referenced research thats fits into the narrative perfectly. I will refrerence little gems and factoids from this book for years to come. Loved it. The audio book performance is outstanding by the the way.

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By Nathan Kemp on 03-07-17

Not what I was expecting

I anticipated this would be a story of a soft professor who climbed into the MMA world and learned about life and love and had a few chuckles along the way.

I was wrong.

It's a much deeper look into masculinity and why men fight. I was fascinated and pleased with his treatment of it if only because as a man who regularly steps onto a jiu jitsu mat, I too feel the primal pleasure of the fight.

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By Mr on 05-29-15

Perfection

A brilliantly constructed insight into the mindset of the modern man and fighter. Thank you Jon Gottschall

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By Brian on 02-19-16

Sound research and engaging storytelling

This is not your typical story of how a boring man became great, it is rather an exploration of the engaging topic of violence and evolutionary psychology, it presents answers to many questions that we as men have asked without an answer. Walking the talk the professor goes to look for answers in the literature and in the cage.

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