Blood Rites | Granta

  • Published: 07/04/2011
  • ISBN: 9781847083845
  • Granta Books
  • 304 pages

Blood Rites

Barbara Ehrenreich

What lies behind the human attraction to violence? Why do we glorify war, seeing it as an almost sacred undertaking? Barbara Ehrenreich is known for the originality and clarity of her thinking, and in Blood Rites she proposes a radical new theory about our attitudes to bloodshed. From the trenches of Verdun to today’s front lines, Ehrenreich traces the history of warfare back to our prehistoric ancestors’ terrifying experiences of being hunted by other carnivores. Written with wit, tenacity and intellectual flair, this is vintage Ehrenreich, and an account that will transform our understanding of human conflict.

Original and illuminating. It is a large step from the all-male hunting band to the US Marine Corps. Barbara Ehrenreich plots the path, nevertheless, both passionately and persuasively

John Keegan, Washington Post

Splendid ... A fascinating perspective on our staunch devotion to mass, mutual slaughter. Blood Rites is that rare animal, a non-fiction page-turner


Exceptionally wide-ranging, Blood Rites is brilliant, persuasive, and thoroughly accessible

Philadelphia Inquirer

The Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Smile or Die and Nickel and Dimed. She has written for Time, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine and various British newspapers including The Times and the Guardian. She lives in Virginia, USA.

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