The Professor in the Cage

Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch
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Product Number: C03545
Released: Apr 23, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490651026
Narrator/s: Quincy Dunn-Baker
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When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge, and an opportunity. Pushing forty, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, part of him yearns to cross the street and join up. The other part is terrified. Gottschall eventually works up his nerve, and starts training for a real cage fight. He's fighting not only as a personal test but also to answer questions that have intrigued him for years: Why do men fight? And why do so many seemingly decent people like to watch? Gottschall endures extremes of pain, occasional humiliation, and the incredulity of his wife to take us into the heart of fighting culture-culminating, after almost two years of grueling training, in his own cage fight. Gottschall's unsparing personal journey crystallizes in his epiphany, and ours, that taming male violence through ritualized combat has been a hidden key to the success of the human race. Without the restraining codes of the monkey dance, the world would be a much more chaotic and dangerous place.

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The Professor in the Cage
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Author(s): Jonathan Gottschall
Narrator(s): Quincy Dunn-Baker
Product Number Z09623
Released: May 01, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490651033
MP3 CD
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Author(s): Jonathan Gottschall
Narrator(s): Quincy Dunn-Baker
Product Number MP1316
Released: Apr 30, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490674841
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Author(s): Jonathan Gottschall
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Released: Apr 14, 2015
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Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101624999

Professional reviews

"The premise sounds like the start of a joke: What happens when an English professor decides to enter a mixed martial arts fight? But Gottschall's memoir on academia, masculinity, and identity is a fascinating listen. The book is amply enhanced by Quincy Dunn-Baker's narration. His strong, deep voice captures the personal, professional, and philosophical challenges that Gottschall considers as he recounts his physical training and research. Dunn-Baker provides a great voice for Gottschall, but his vocal choices for other people can sound a little uncertain as there are sometimes no clear indications from the text why he chooses the particular voices that he does. L.E. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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