Sex and War

  • by Malcom Potts, Thomas Hayden
  • Narrated by Dennis Holland
  • 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Human beings have been battling one another since time immemorial. But why war and terrorism? Why are men almost always the killers, and why are war and sex so inextricably linked? Why do we kill members of our own species intentionally, when few other animals do so?
Sex and War traces the cultural and biological evolution of warfare from its prehuman origins through to our own times. In the spirit of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Potts and Hayden pull together insights from history, archaeology, psychology and biology to produce a clarifying new understanding of human history and current events.
Combining exhaustive research and rich personal experience, Sex and War shows that war, terrorism, slavery, and the subjugation of women have common roots deep in our biological history. Evolution is not destiny, however, and the authors, with the crucial contributions of Martha Campbell, show how relatively simple strategies can help the biology of peace win out over the biology of war. In doing so, they lay out a rational roadmap to make war less likely in the future, and less brutal when it does occur.

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Examining the demons

I came to this book with many searing questions of my own, particularly concerning the evil men perpetrate on women. Malcolm Potts & Thomas Hayden make a clear case for the existence of such unnecessary brutality in our day, neither excusing it nor making men out to be devils. When such acts are aired out in the clarity of evolution and genetics, as well as the human psyche, the male gender gets a second chance at being understood while not being let off such behavior. The authors also make a commendable effort to picture the world led by a feminine hand, and the stability and hope that lies therein. An engaging read recommended for all, including school-age discussion.
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- sona

This is the Berkley view point on terriorism

The goal of the book is admirable. In the early part of the book it is well documented with citations. As it moves to more modern examples the authors just get the facts wrong I think to prove a point.

The best example is the 9/11 hitchackers none fit his profile. Another example would be the the idea after 9/11 to ignore or not repsond to the attack. He fails to "recall" the number of attacks we did not respond to before 9/11 so the time between decrease but the deaths increased with each.

The value is the understanding of male and female groups he based on chimp studies. That was useful and well done.
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- J.T. "Lover of Non fiction and at times a good fiction listen!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios