War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan audiobook

War: How Conflict Shaped Us: How Conflict Shaped Us

By Margaret MacMillan
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Random House Audio 9781984856135
10.69 Hours 1
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Is peace an aberration? The bestselling author of Paris 1919 offers a provocative view of war as an essential component of humanity.  NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE EAST HAMPTON STAR “Margaret MacMillan has produced another seminal work. . . . She is right that we must, more than ever, think about war. And she has shown us how in this brilliant, elegantly written book.”—H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity’s history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject not least because it brings out both the vilest and the noblest aspects of humanity.  Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. War: How Conflict Shaped Us explores such much-debated and controversial questions as: When did war first start? Does human nature doom us to fight one another? Why has war been described as the most organized of all human activities? Why are warriors almost always men? Is war ever within our control?  Drawing on lessons from wars throughout the past, from classical history to the present day, MacMillan reveals the many faces of war—the way it has determined our past, our future, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves.

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New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Is peace an aberration? The bestselling author of Paris 1919 offers a provocative view of war as an essential component of humanity.  NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE EAST HAMPTON STAR “Margaret MacMillan has produced another seminal work. . . . She is right that we must, more than ever, think about war. And she has shown us how in this brilliant, elegantly written book.”—H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity’s history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject not least because it brings out both the vilest and the noblest aspects of humanity.  Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. War: How Conflict Shaped Us explores such much-debated and controversial questions as: When did war first start? Does human nature doom us to fight one another? Why has war been described as the most organized of all human activities? Why are warriors almost always men? Is war ever within our control?  Drawing on lessons from wars throughout the past, from classical history to the present day, MacMillan reveals the many faces of war—the way it has determined our past, our future, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An insightful and disturbing study of war as an aspect of culture.” Kirkus Reviews
“This important book teaches us to realize the impressive way in which war invades every aspect of our society. Read and learn.” George Shultz, former U.S. secretary of state
“Deepens and broadens our knowledge of war and warfare…She is right that we must, more than ever, think about war. And she has shown us how in this brilliant, elegantly written book.” H. R. McMaster, Lt. Gen. (USA, ret.), New York Times bestselling author and former US national security advisor

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Author Bio: Margaret MacMillan

Author Bio: Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, where she is Warden of St Antony’s College. She is former provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto and previously at Ryerson University. A leading expert on history and international relations, she is a frequent commentator in the media.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English