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Blood Rites

By Barbara Ehrenreich
Foreword by Milan Rai

'Full of ideas — a great pleasure to read' —Melvyn Bragg

'A radical new theory of why humans are so keen to wage war ... Original, eye-opening and highly persuasive'Independent on Sunday

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.

With a new foreword from peace campaigner Milan Rai, this modern classic takes us on an original journey 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.

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“The aim of the Left Book Club is a simple one. It is to help in the terribly urgent struggle for world peace and against fascism”

—Victor Gollancz

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Founded by publisher Victor Gollancz in 1936, the original Left Book Club had 57,000 members. It is widely credited with paving the way for Labour’s landslide victory in 1945 and the creation of the welfare state. At least eight members of the 1945 Labour cabinet were Left Book Club authors, including Clement Attlee. Another famous Left Book Club author was George Orwell, as the LBC published the original edition of The Road to Wigan Pier.

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