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Carnage and Culture - 01 edition

by Victor Davis Hanson

Carnage and Culture (ISBN10: 0385720386; ISBN13: 9780385720380)
ISBN13: 978-0385720380
ISBN10: 0385720386

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0385500524
ISBN10: 0385500521

Edition/Copyright: 01
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Anchor Press
Published: 08/27/2002
International: No

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