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By Malcolm Potts, Thomas Hayden

As information of warfare and terror dominates the headlines, scientist Malcolm Potts and veteran journalist Thomas Hayden take a step again to provide an explanation for all of it. within the spirit of Guns, Germs and Steel, Sex and War asks the fundamental questions: Why is struggle so primary to our species? And what do we do approximately it?

Malcolm Potts explores those questions from the frontlines, as a witness to war-torn international locations world wide. As a scientist and obstetrician, Potts has labored with governments and reduction agencies globally, and within the trenches with girls who've been raped and brutalized during conflict. Combining their very own event with medical findings in primatology, genetics, and anthropology, Potts and Hayden clarify war’s pivotal place within the human event and the way males specifically developed lower than stipulations that preferred gang habit, rape, and arranged aggression. Drawing on those new insights, they suggest a rational plan for making conflict much less widespread and no more brutal within the future.

Anyone attracted to figuring out human nature, battle, and terrorism at their such a lot primary degrees will locate Sex and War to be an illuminating paintings, and one who may well switch the best way they see the world.

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