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Riane Books and Chalice

The Chalice and the Blade Our History, Our Future

By Riane Eisler

"The Chalice and the Blade is the most important book since Darwin's Origin of the Species."

~ Ashley Montagu
Princeton Anthropologist

This international best seller -- now in 26 foreign editions, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, Turkish, and most European languages -- tells a fascinating new story of our past, present, and the possibilities for our future. Weaving together evidence from art, archeology, religion, social science, history, and many other fields of inquiry into new patterns that more accurately fit the best available data, it shows that war and the "war of the sexes" are neither divinely nor biologically ordained. It provides verification that a better future is possible -- and is in fact firmly rooted in the haunting drama of what actually happened in our past.

"Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. The Chalice and The Blade is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us."

~Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits


The Chalice and The Blade may be the most significant work published in all our lifetimes. Read The Chalice and The Blade. . .it may make the future possible.

~L.A. Weekly

To read Eisler is to glimpse new vistas of human possibilities.

~New Woman

As important, perhaps more important, than the unearthing of Troy or the deciphering of cuneiform.

~Bruce Wilshire, Professor of philosophy, Rutgers University

Eisler’s visionary, passionate scholarship is a revealing psychosexual exploration of love and power relations.

~Publisher’s Weekly

A gem. . .A rare combination of poetic expression and sober substance.

~Jessie Bernard, author of The Future of Marriage and The Female World

Validates a belief in humanity’s capacity for benevolence and cooperation in the face of so much destruction.

~San Francisco Chronicle

Selected as one of 150 Great Works to Set Your Imagination on Fire (along with Isaiah, Tao Te Ching, Marcus Aurelius, Rumi, Jane Austen, Gandhi, Proust, Tony Morrison, and Passolini)

~Utne Reader