War! What Is It Good For?

War! What Is It Good For?

A powerful and provocative exploration of how war has changed our society—for the better

"War! . . . . / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing," says the famous song—but archaeology, history, and biology show that war in fact has been good for something. Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer.

In War! What Is It Good For?, the renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris tells the gruesome, gripping story of fifteen thousand years… (more)

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This book focuses on percentages and grand strategy rather than the human suffering and social consequences and distortions brought by war.

Morris combines extraordinary erudition with light, manageable prose.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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