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Book Title: The Brotherhood of Fear|
The author of the book: Robert Ardrey
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Date of issue: October 12th 2014
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From the original 1957 edition:
To catalogue the compelling qualities of this astonishing novel is a challenge of no small proportions. It is a novel of pursuit and adventure, as thrilling as any that has come down the pike in many a year, comparable, we think, to the best of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler. It is a novel of, for want of a better phrase, the "inner man" - the turbulent processes by which man's thoughts and emotions are translated into action, gentle or violent as the case may be. It is a novel that pinpoints some of the most powerful forces - social and political - at work in the world today, revealing them in sharpest focus.
It is a novel of love and romance, a strange love, a stranger romance, touching - and touched with beauty. For all of these things, and for the sheer reading pleasure that is their sum, it is a noteworthy performance which cannot be recommended too highly.
The story tells of the pursuit by a political police officer of a youth under sentence who escapes and tries to fight his way to freedom. Circumstance leads pursuer and pursued to an island where dwell simple folk whose way of life is governed by primitive laws adequate to a society untouched by the mainland's chaos and revolution. The crisis provoked by the intrusion of the strangers makes one of the most intriguing situations in a book that abounds in constant surprise. And the bizarre nature of the pursuit provides countless moments of excitement, underscored by a love affair of mingled ecstasy and terror.
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Read information about the authorRobert Ardrey was born in the South Side of Chicago in 1908. He attended the University of Chicago to study biology, but became the writing protegé of Thornton Wilder. He graduated in the midst of the Great Depression and supported himself with odd jobs while he wrote under Wilder's watchful eye. His first play, Star Spangled, opened on Broadway in 1935.
He continued to have plays produced on Broadway. His most famous, Thunder Rock, became a sensation in wartime London, and is now regarded as an international classic. Ardrey's plays caught the attention of MGM executive Samuel Goldwyn; in 1938 Ardrey moved to Hollywood, where he would become MGM's highest paid writer. He is credited with over a dozen films, including The Three Musketeers (1948, with Gene Kelly), The Wonderful Country (1959, with Robert Mitchum), and Khartoum (1966, directed by Basil Dearden, starring Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier) for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
In the 1950s, increasingly disenchanted with Hollywood, Ardrey travelled to Africa to write a series of articles. This trip renewed his interest in human origins, and he returned to his academic training in the sciences. In 1956 he moved with his wife and two sons to Geneva, and spent the next five years travelling and researching in Eastern and Southern Africa, conducting research for what would become his first scientific work, African Genesis (1961).
African Genesis and Ardrey's subsequent books were massively popular and deeply controversial. They overturned core assumptions of the social sciences and led to a revolution in thinking about human nature. Fundamentally Ardrey argued that human behavior was not entirely socially determined, rather evolutionarily inherited instincts help determine behavior and format large-scale social phenomena. Subsequent science has largely vindicated his hypotheses.
Robert Ardrey is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the inaugural Sidney Howard Memorial Award, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and received an Academy Award Nomination for best screenplay for his film Khartoum. Time magazine named African Genesis the most notable book of the 1960s.
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