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Why We Fight (Harperperennial Modern Thought) [Paperback]

Simon Van Booy

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1 Sep 2010 Harperperennial Modern Thought

Provocative and eye-opening, Why We Fight is one of three slim selections of philosophical texts and excerpts—along with Why We Need Love and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter—introduced and contextualized by acclaimed author Simon Van Booy (Love Begins in Winter, The Secret Lives of People in Love).


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 Original edition (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061845566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061845567
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 11.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,364,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, 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.

About 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 13 Dec 2010
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I love this series by award winning author Simon Van Booy. He brings his impeccable literary taste to the table in a way that illuminates the themes (the books have essentially three: love, violence, and will/fate) addressed in each volume. Van Booy has chosen passages from some of my favorite literary, poetic, and religious works, also a bunch of sources I now want to investigate, to assemble these little gems of philosophy. Always keep them handy!
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