Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Constant Battles: Why We Fight” as Want to Read:
Constant Battles: Why We Fight
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Constant Battles: Why We Fight

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
With armed conflict in the Persian Gulf now upon us, Harvard archaeologist Steven LeBlanc takes a long-term view of the nature and roots of war, presenting a controversial thesis: The notion of the "noble savage" living in peace with one another and in harmony with nature is a fantasy. In Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage, LeBlanc contends that warfa ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Constant Battles, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Constant Battles

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 91)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mar 25, 2013 Jacob rated it really liked it
Shelves: human-prehistory
This is a great book if you like anthropology and don't mind having some popular notions about human prehistory and primitive cultures dispelled. LeBlanc argues that
We need to recognize and accept the idea of a nonpeaceful past for the entire time of human existence. Though there were certainly times and places during which peace prevailed, overall such interludes seem to have been short-lived and infrequent. (p. 8)

Hunter gatherers did not live in peaceful harmony with each other up until civili
Megan Alsheikh
Apr 23, 2014 Megan Alsheikh rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what other people see in this book, but I just really am not pleased in the quality and factuality. There are so many debatable claims LeBlanc makes, and I have more than once noted that he refers to something as "possibly" having happened, or as a "best explanation" and then later using the possibility or best explanation as a factual reference.
As a science major, the statement that really ground my gears the most was,
"In truth, it is possible to eliminate all predators, change the
Feb 20, 2011 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Such an interesting - but hardly surprising - and well-documented point of view. An archeologist who gradually came round to the view that he was looking at a lot of evidence of resource wars over the centuries. Like other animals, when we have access to good resources, we reproduce until we are effectively using them all, and then start warring with the neighbors. But his archeological view of this is fascinating.
Phil Fox
Mar 13, 2011 Phil Fox rated it liked it
Reading this after "1491" is probably a good thing as it goes more in depth to some of the topics originally raised specifically in the Americas.

However, when comparing the books, Mann's 1491 completely turns the prevailing understanding of American history (as in the hemisphere) on its head. While Constant Battles seems more like a drawn out essay topic.
Barb M
Barb M rated it really liked it
Feb 07, 2016
Bob Croft
Bob Croft rated it really liked it
Feb 05, 2016
Ben marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2016
Christoph marked it as to-read
Jan 22, 2016
Peter Goodgame
Peter Goodgame marked it as to-read
Jan 10, 2016
Pamela marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2016
Robert Martin
Robert Martin marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2015
Steven Alvarez
Steven Alvarez rated it it was amazing
Dec 02, 2015
Robberto marked it as to-read
Nov 30, 2015
jtrowe rated it liked it
Oct 10, 2015
Nevzat marked it as to-read
Sep 21, 2015
AC marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2015
Erasmus marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2015
Lindsey marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2015
Daniel marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2015
Booksearcher marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2015
William Kincaid
William Kincaid rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2015
Tony Schlisser
Tony Schlisser marked it as to-read
May 15, 2015
Elizabeth is currently reading it
Feb 10, 2015
Mike rated it it was amazing
Dec 02, 2015
Rose marked it as to-read
Jan 15, 2015
The Ninja Squirrel
The Ninja Squirrel marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2014
janet marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2014
Nicholas Utke
Nicholas Utke rated it did not like it
Oct 15, 2014
Kenny Brouwers
Kenny Brouwers rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book