Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives Of Violent Men by Daemon FairlessMad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives Of Violent Men by Daemon Fairless

Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives Of Violent Men

byDaemon Fairless

Paperback | March 6, 2018

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With a rare clarity and fearless honesty, journalist Daemon Fairless tackles the horrors and compulsions of male violence from the perspective of someone who struggles with violent impulses himself, creating a non-fiction masterpiece with the narrative power of novels such as Fight Club and A History of Violence.


A man, no matter how civilized, is still an animal--and sometimes a dangerous one. Men are responsible for the lion's share of assault, rape, murder and warfare. Conventional wisdom chalks this up to socialization, that men are taught to be violent. And they are. But there's more to it. Violence is a dangerous desire--a set of powerful and inherent emotions we are loath to own up to. And so there remains a hidden geography to male violence--an inner ecosystem of rage, dominance, blood-lust, insecurity and bravado--yet to be mapped. Mad Blood Stirring is journalist Daemon Fairless's riveting first-person travelogue through this territory as he seeks to understand the inner lives of violent men and, ultimately, himself.
DAEMON FAIRLESS is a writer and journalist with a master's degree in neuroscience, who has worked as a producer on CBC Radio's flagship current affairs show As It Happens, and as a print journalist for the science journal Nature. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.
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Title:Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives Of Violent MenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.16 × 6.28 × 1.07 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345812921

ISBN - 13:9780345812926

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Seemed like it was researched well. Important book on a crucial topic.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important, Well Written, Amazing Research Bought this book last week and it ruined my weekend because I couldn't put it down. The main story and then the stories within it are gripping. The evidence used to back-up ideas are great. Scientifically sound. An important read for for men and women. Actually, a must read.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Gratuitous The nature of men is to be violent protectors? Who knew right?! The author takes liberties with biological realities and twists them to fit an agenda, so good on him for that I guess. Wish he was honest about it #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-09

Editorial Reviews

“Daemon Fairless’s Mad Blood Stirring is a brave tour not just of the inner lives of some violent and terrifying men, but of masculinity’s darkest corners. It is as alarming to read as it is compelling.” —Ian Brown   “Why do men fight? Why do men rape? Why do men kill? In Mad Blood Stirring, Daemon Fairless dives into the lives of fighters, rapists and killers, as well as digs into the science, to let us ‘in’ to the pandemic of male violence and the gendered nature of violence. He spares no one, least of all himself; his writing is generous, feminist and at times poetic. I wrote many exclamation marks and notes in the margins, including ‘Thank you.’” —Jane Doe, activist and author of The Story of Jane Doe: A Book About Rape   “Mad Blood Stirring is a courageous and deeply insightful exploration of the male appetite for violence. By turns harrowing, dismaying and fascinating, this book stands alone in the humility and intelligence with which it examines this most difficult of subjects.” —Kevin Patterson, author of News from the Red Desert   “Daemon Fairless has written an urgent, compelling account of what makes many men tick. Anyone who cares about men—a son, brother, father or romantic partner—should read this book.” —Susan Pinker, psychologist, author of The Sexual Paradox