Hardcover. Very Good+, Dust Jacket Very Good+. Blue cloth, 521 pages. This book is in very good condition overall; corners lightly bumped, some lightly scattered pencil markings throughout text, but otherwise still very nice with a strong binding. Dust Jacket in excellent shape, now protected in a mylar cover.
Fine in fine dust jacket. This book is in mint condition and appears brand new save a scant bit of surface wear to rear of dust jacket. No markings or soiling throughout. Binding is tight and square. The book appears never to have been read. A choice... Dark blue cloth over boards; sewn binding; 23.5 cm.; xv; 523 pages; photo illustrations; bibliography; index.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-09-24 The war between the sexes is not so different from war itself, according to this provocative and disturbing study of how gender is inextricably embedded into human conceptions of war and aggression. Pointing to consistent, cross-cultural gender arrangements throughout history most fighting soldiers have been male; patriarchies have traditionally used the ideal of the vulnerable female to encourage male violence during war Goldstein (Three Way Street) has amassed a huge array of research, literature and anecdote in this comprehensive, cohesive overview of dozens of subtopics, from myths of Amazon warriors to changes in the design and marketing of GI Joe dolls over the decades. He astutely evaluates studies of the effects of childhood sex segregation, drawing disconcerting conclusions that it prepares and preconditions children for adult wartime behavior. His analysis of female military imagery and women's frequent participation in revolutionary movements is imaginative and convincing: "The image of a woman holding a rifle and a baby is found in liberation movements across the third world." At times it seems like Goldstein, professor of international relations at the American University in Washington, D.C., has bitten off more than anyone could chew in a single volume. His inquiry into wartime rape and the feminization of the male enemy relies too heavily on Richard C. Trexler's fascinating but flawed Sex and Conquest, and his worthwhile critical use of Lionel Tiger's classic Men in Groups falls short of grappling with the book's problems. But overall, he has produced a remarkable compendium of information and analysis that moves toward a vital, ongoing cultural discussion. Photos and illus. (Oct. 17) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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