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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David M. Buss Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As acclaimed psychological researcher and author David Buss writes, “people are mesmerized by murder. It commands our attention like no other human phenomenon, and those touched by its ugly tendrils never forget.” Though we may like to believe that murderers are pathological misfits and hardened criminals, the vast majority of murders are committed by people who, until the day they kill, would seem to be perfectly normal.

Featuring gripping storytelling about specific murder cases-including a never used FBI file of more than 400,000 murders and a highly detailed study of four hundred murders conducted by Buss in collaboration with a forensic psychiatrist, and a pioneering investigation of homicidal fantasies in which Buss found that 91 percent of men and 84 percent of women have had at least one such vivid fantasy—The Murderer Next Door will be necessary reading for those who have been fascinated by books on profiling, lovers of true crime and murder mysteries, as well as readers intrigued by the inner workings of the human mind.

Based on a wealth of groundbreaking research, a leading psychologist’s fascinating investigation of why we are all “wired to kill”

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  • “A new view: murder is the product of evolutionary forces and that the homicidal act, in evolutionary terms, conveys advantages to the killer…Buss sets out to dispel what he terms some misperceptions about murder, misperceptions based largely on the media’s focus on serial killers. Well argued and unsettling.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/16/2014

    " This book made me appreciate the fact that I am a lesbian. Buss put a lot of emphasis on the evolutionary track of males throughout history and gave a great deal of impressive theories as to why more murders are male rather than female. The only part in the book that really made me uneasy was the section on parents and stepparents killing their children/stepchildren. There's something absolutely heinous about such an act. Interesting and informational read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim Knight | 2/11/2014

    " A highly useful book that leaves you considering the history of Murder from an evolutionary perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Davida | 1/20/2014

    " This book was really interesting; it pulls from a lot more scientific studies than I thought it would. Also, it is really a primer on why we act the way we do in relationships, sometimes to the point of murder, so be prepared for a lot of biological-mating talk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 1/7/2014

    " A very interesting look at what makes people kill. I don't know a lot about evolutionary psychology, but it raises some interesting points. "

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About the Author

David M. Buss, one of the founders of the field of evolutionary psychology, is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in evolutionary psychology and the psychology of human mating. He is the author of several books, including The Evolution of Desire, Evolutionary Psychology, and The Dangerous Passion. His and Cindy M. Meston’s article “Why Humans Have Sex” garnered international attention when it was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.