War: The Lethal Custom
While modern science ponders whether human beings are programmed toward belligerence and warfare, there is no doubt that war has been humanity's constant companion since the dawn of civilization, and that we have become all too proficient in its conduct.
In "War, " noted military historian Gwynne Dyer ranges from the tumbling walls of Jericho to the modern advent of total war in which no one is exempt from the horrors of armed conflict. He shows how the martial instinct has evolved over the human generations and among our close primate relations, such as the chimpanzee. Dyer squarely confronts the reality of war, and the threat of nuclear weapons, but does not despair that war is our eternal legacy. He likes and respects soldiers, even while he knows their job is to kill; he understands the physics and the psychology of battles, but he is no war junkie. Dyer surveys the fiery battlefields of human history, never losing sight of the people caught up in war. He actually believes there is hope that war can be abolished, that human beings are more than just our genes.
"War" is an award-winning book that explores the human past to imagine a different future.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
A book, like "On Killing", to read by professional soldiers, and by those who direct them. One may not like the effect that serving in military forces, but the leaders thereof should know what they ... Read full review
War: the lethal customUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A chronicle of organized human aggression gets a timely update in this new edition of a seminal book originally published 20 years ago. As Dyer covers the history of human warfare-from primitive ... Read full review
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