• by Michael Brant Shermer
  • 25 hrs and 44 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In his college war course, Dr. Shermer mixes straight narrative history with science, philosophy, and theory as to the causes of and solutions to war. The course begins with an overview of war and terms and definitions as they will be used throughout the course. The detailed history covers the rise of the nation-state, the ancién regime of France and the French Revolution, the American Civil War and its economic and political consequences, World War I and the Russian Revolution, Mussolini and the fascists and Hitler and the Nazis, World War II: European & Pacific theaters, the building and dropping of the atomic bomb, and the holocaust of the Jews and American Indians. Dr. Shermer then explores the proximate and ultimate causes of all wars, employing psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary theory to explore political and economic solutions to the prevention of war.


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I wanted more!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would to anyone interested in history, Michael Brant Shermer is a really interesting professor, he knows his stuff and puts across interesting arguments

What was one of the most memorable moments of War?

the world war two and american civil war parts was the best, I feel he went into slavery too much

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favourite?

not that type of book please produce better questions

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

once again missing the point

Any additional comments?

Yes i would say that the worst thing about this is theres times when he gets figures wrong or estimates them but 9/10 he is correct and his arguments are sound, I really there was more of this course on here

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these lectures were very informative and concise on the wars and uprising/revolutions from 1700+ and a lot of interesting points were raised. however the lectures didn't end with any sort of summary, it ended with inaudible questions and discussion from the class and no clear answers from dr shermer, a definite anti climax.

the main points and messages are repeated throughout the lectures so there's no shortage or meaning it's just that nothing feels outlined and i can't see any definitive rules to be taken away other than "wars are waged to raise taxes not taxes are raised to wage wars".

i do feel a lot smarter after absorbing these but i'm glad i didn't pay £50 for them and got them with a credit
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- jacob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2009
  • Publisher: Michael Shermer