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Why We Fight


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Christopher Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago in the Harris School of Public Policy and The Pearson Institute. As a young man, he met his future wife in a Kenyan internet cafe, where she set him on a path to working on conflict and international development. He's now done so for 21 years. Through his academic work he has witnessed (and helped to stem) violence around the world. Blattman writes regularly for The New York Times, Vox, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs, among others. For 13 years he has run one of the most popular blogs on international affairs and global development, and is one of the 25 most followed economists on Twitter. This is his first trade book.


Blattman has produced a valuable guide, supported by engaging anecdotes, to what makes people turn to violence - and why, mercifully, they are usually too sensible to do so * Economist *
Wise, intriguing, imaginative -- Rory Stewart, author of The Places In Between
A great storyteller with important insights for us all -- Richard Thaler, co-author of Nudge
Captivating and intelligent -- Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist
Avoiding the useless dichotomies that either claim violence is an inseparable part of human nature or declare that humanity has all but conquered its proclivity to war, Blattman explains how human communities make use of many different strategies to resolve conflicts, and why these efforts sometimes stumble -- Daron Acemoglu, co-author of Why Nations Fail
Important, readable, radical -- David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Essential for understanding the world we live in today -- James A. Robinson, co-author of Why Nations Fail
Brings together the passion of the activist and the cool head of the economist to offer practical solutions to one of humanity's most intractable problems -- Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules - for Now
Timely, powerful, hopeful -- Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion
Blattman deftly translates knotty ideas from game theory and social choice theory for a lay audience, weaving in colorful anecdotes from his own life and travels * Foreign Affairs *

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