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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,329 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Riane Eisler Narrator: Riane Eisler Publisher: New World Library Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Riane Eisler believes that war and the war of the sexes are concepts neither divinely nor biologically ordained. Join the author as she reconstructs a prehistoric culture based on partnership rather than domination and traces the roots of the global shift to patriarchy. Eisler, an acclaimed scholar, futurist, and activist, also presents new scripts for living based on a more socially, economically, ecologically, personally, and spiritually balanced society. This script is in direct opposition to the tension and violence typical of what she calls the dominator model. Her vision is the partnership model, which today is struggling to reemerge. This program is an important contribution to that struggle. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Babiak | 2/14/2014

    " Loved this book. Helps clarify how we got where we are, and where we can go if we want to. Those who brush this off as feminazi aren't reading well. She reiterates many times that there are gentle men and less-than-gentle women. Nor does she say that the Neolithic matrifocal societies were uptopias with no problems, just that they focused on nurturing rather than destruction. Her ideas about a gylanic society based on linking rather than ranking are excellent and should be pursued. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Pangloss | 2/2/2014

    " Outstanding! A must for any person interested in feminist theory. This book is incredibly exciting and paradigm-shifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/25/2014

    " This book really shakes the trees a little bit to seek out another possible human way of life that may have been there all along. Sure, some may seem a little outlandish, but the message that life doesn't have to be about domination and competition is well articulated and thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dwight | 1/21/2014

    " There were some strong parts, and overall it has a noble purpose, but I don't think it was particularly well constructed or referenced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David K. | 1/19/2014

    " Wonderful introduction to to Matriarchal History. Damned dirty Indo-Europeans ruined everything!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Zimmerman | 1/18/2014

    " Absolutely eye opening, and for me, this was one of those life altering books....you're never quite the same after reading it. This book, although it drags in parts due to the nature of the material being covered, is well worth the occasional slog-through. Loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in spirituality, the dualism of the human being and feminists everywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/3/2014

    " Good beginning to historical interpretation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 1/2/2014

    " This is what I like to call a "must read" for everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 12/28/2013

    " this was probably one of the most memorable college "texts" that i read. i reread it years after for a book club and thoroughly enjoyed the re-read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 11/13/2013

    " this is one of those books i really think everyone on earth should read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/6/2013

    " This book began the biggest change in my life, by opening my eyes to patriarchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 10/2/2013

    " Awesome deconstruction of the patriarchal paradigm! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/27/2013

    " I like the ideas in this book, I'm just not sure how scientifically valid the author's research and conclusions are. It's also quite out of date, and it would be interesting to see an updated version of this argument. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 9/26/2013

    " This really informs my worldview. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 9/13/2013

    " I'm sure there's a bunch of theory/research in here that is now considered outdated, so I will need to re-read. I remember being struck by how thorough the research seemed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 9/2/2013

    " A must-read for everyone. I read this book at a fairly young age, and it changed my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 8/23/2013

    " the underestimated woman...if you don't believe me, take a look at this book. I admit, it's a bit feminazi, but still supremely interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelda | 8/15/2013

    " What I learned from this book: all of my dreams for the world I live in are totally possible. All I have to start with is loving myself and my neighbor. All of the seeds are within us for total community and ecstacy. Thank you Riane!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Budde | 7/1/2013

    " This book really fills out the mystery of the "matriarch" that is vaguely referenced to in early parts of history. Eisler has a very illuminating perspective on history, historians and human nature. The end gets a little tedious, but this one is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 6/10/2012

    " This will always be one of my top books. It really got me to thinking about our culture in new ways, and to understand literature and mythology in new ways. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/7/2012

    " This was an interesting interpretation of ancient cultures based on archeological evidence. Some of it was a bit dogmatic but she's right about the world needed a change from the violence and aggression of male dominance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 2/2/2012

    " The book is only history in the loosest terms. While I emotionally identified with the theories in the book, as an historian I cannot abide sloppy scholarship. This is more a mythos than actual social science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna Faith | 12/28/2011

    " Fantastic and a must read. A new way to interpret and understand our history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BAKU | 8/14/2011

    " I'm pretty sure I read most if not all of this for anthropology back when ( don't remember much about it now ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvio Alves | 7/4/2011

    " One of the best books I ever read all my life! It helped me to understand the Cultural Transformation which occurred from a society centered on the Goddess Great Mother who embraces all creatures to a society centered on a jealous God of power and war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 5/9/2011

    " Nothing much to say, but awesome!
    This is a great collection of ideas, concepts and myths that you can really understand.
    I first read this in college in 1999, then bought a second copy, to keep my 1st edition I found, safe~
    This is a keeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantal | 1/3/2011

    " this book is hard to read with out getting nad but I am learning a lot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dwight | 8/22/2010

    " There were some strong parts, and overall it has a noble purpose, but I don't think it was particularly well constructed or referenced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jscorse | 7/26/2010

    " I think most men are assholes and idiots but I'm not persuaded by the thesis that women are so nurturing that shifting from patriarchy to more matriarchy will solve much of anything- it's happy delusion, but a delusion nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/18/2009

    " Outstanding! A must for any person interested in feminist theory. This book is incredibly exciting and paradigm-shifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/8/2009

    " A very informative view of humanity's goddess-worshiping, egalitarian past and the ways that Western culture of dominance has sought to erase the memory such traditions. An inspirational read for those who seek a broader explanation of our cultures past and greater possibilities for our future. "

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