Why We Fight

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Vital insights and wisdom on the perennial question of why we fight

This book explores how some of the greatest minds of civilization have tackled a question that continues to play a vital part in our lives today. In Why We Fight, Simon Van Booy curates an enlightening collection of excerpts, passages, and paintings, presenting works by Sophocles, Tacitus, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, William Shakespeare, Emily Brontë, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Walt Whitman, ...

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Overview

Vital insights and wisdom on the perennial question of why we fight

This book explores how some of the greatest minds of civilization have tackled a question that continues to play a vital part in our lives today. In Why We Fight, Simon Van Booy curates an enlightening collection of excerpts, passages, and paintings, presenting works by Sophocles, Tacitus, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, William Shakespeare, Emily Brontë, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, James Tissot, James Joyce, General George Patton, and others.

Why We Fight will engage both the serious philosopher and the eternally curious.

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The reasons for battles between individuals and nations have been topics of contentious debates ever since early classical times This collection of closely reasoned essays and pithy commentary addresses that perennial question in ways that will resonate even as you watch tonight?s evening news.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061845567
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Series: Harper Perennial Modern Thought Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 953,939
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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