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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262201254 | 272 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 2000
Paperback | $27.00 Short | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780262700832 | 272 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 2001
eBook | $19.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262253796 | 272 pp. | February 2001

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A Natural History of Rape

Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion

About the Author

Craig T. Palmer is Instructor of

Anthropology at the University of Colorado.


“This is a courageous, intelligent, and eye-opening book with a noble goal—to understand and eliminate a loathsome crime. Armed with logic and copious data, Thornhill and Palmer will force many intellectuals to decide which they value more: established dogma and ideology, or the welfare of real women in the real world.”
Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of How the Mind Works and Words and Rules
“By dispelling the most dangerous social science myths and attempting to explain rape, Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer have scientifically unveiled one of the most hideous scourges of the human condition for what it really is- and this armed us with the intelligence to finally prevent victimization. This book should be read by every woman and by every man who cares about a woman.”
Michael P. Ghiglieri, PH.D., Professor of Physical Anthropology, Northern Arizona University and author of The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origin of Male Violence and East of the Mountains of the Moon: Chimpanzee Society in the African Rainforest