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Dark Side of Man : Tracing the Origins of Male Violence

ISBN: 9780738203157 | 0738203157
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
Pub. Date: 4/1/2000

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InThe Dark Side of Man,Michael Ghiglieri, a biologist and protege of Jane Goodall, takes on one of the most highly charged debates in modern science: the biological roots of bad behavior. Beginning with rape, and moving on to murder, war, and genocide, Ghiglieri offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive look at the male proclivity for violence. In a strong narrative voice, he draws on the latest research and his own personal experiencesboth as a primatologist and as a soldierto explain that male violence is largely innate, a product of millions of years of evolution. In the process, he debunks many of our most clung-to, "politically correct" notions: that the differences between men and women are strictly due to socialization, that rape is really about powernot sexand that genocide is only possible with a single madman at the helm. Well-argued, evenhanded, yet never dull, this important book illuminates the darkest impulses of the male psyche, and suggests ways for modern society to curb them.


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