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War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots Paperback – 7 April 2015
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- ASIN : 1250062500
- Publisher : Picador USA; Reprint edition (7 April 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781250062505
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250062505
- Dimensions : 15.44 x 2.16 x 22.89 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 466,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A disturbing, transformative text that veers toward essential reading." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"An exuberant and wonderfully entertaining tour de force." --David Crane, The Spectator (London) "Ian Morris has established himself as a leader in making big history interesting and understandable." --Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
About the Author
Ian Morris is Willard Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University. He has published books including Why the West Rules--for Now and The Dynamics of Ancient Empires, and has directed excavations in Greece and Italy. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California.
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Reviewed in Australia on 14 July 2014
This was a great book. Really enjoyed reading it. Great information on the complexities of warfare. I highly recommended this text to anyone interested in warfare and its impact.
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The Purpose of War?Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2014
Ian Morris is a remarkable polyglot who is very persuasive about the importance of war in human development. He draws upon a vast expanse of knowledge and reading coupled with profound thinking about what war has contributed to progress with its range of compulsions for victory and conquest. We learn about the value of not only single inventions but the profound changes which war has wrought over five thousand years. Has mankind now reached the logical conclusion that war is over because our capacity to destroy has finally exceeded our capacity to innovate through the experience of war. We must remember that the considerable changes achieved by the invention of the internet and its many significant ramifications arose from military research. Does such research still have resonance for human progress. The answer must be Watch This Space for the next five thousand years. A very valuable and important contribution to our knowledge of ourselves.
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Brilliant idea and executionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2021
Really brilliant book with a fascinating central idea. Despite taking a very extreme stand on the topic, Morris isn't unduly dismissive of alternative perspectives and takes the time to empirically disprove or cast doubt upon those points.
EnjoyedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2018
Like Morris' other book (Why the West Rules~For Now) this book is very well written and I enjoyed reading it.
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Worth a read.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 March 2015
Fascinating book which has armed me fantastically for pub debates. Very readable, but some chapters take nearly two hours and so I would say that you need to be committed to reach the end.
The folly of disarmamentReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2015
This makes a contribution for we have to aware of the Growiing chance of conflict and the folly of running down the armed forces