All history books should be written as this one is--it's engaging and lively in its premise that when large groups of (especially) young, unattached men get together...violence ensues, and that this was/is the social dynamic responsible for, among other things, the WILD West.
You may or may not agree with these ideas, but it should make you think of history in a new way. History need not be understood as simply the action-reaction paradigm we're all taught in our (boring) high school classes, but instead as the result of subtle interacting factors: biology, culture, language, and who-all knows what.
I strongly recommend this book, particularly if you think you "hate" history
- Hardcover: 370 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (29 November 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674278704
- ISBN-13: 978-0674278707
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 757 g
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