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The revised and updated edition of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s modern classic about the psychology of combat, hailed by the Washington Post as “an illuminating account of how soldiers learn to kill and how they live with the experiences of having killed.” In World War II, only 15 to 20 percent of combat infantry were willing to fire their rifles. In Korea, about 50 percent. In Vietnam, the figure rose to more than 90 percent. On Killing The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society PDF
The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways sophisticated ways of overcoming that instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as evidenced by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. This landmark study brilliantly illuminates the techniques the military uses to help soldiers kill and raises vital questions about the implications of escalating violence in our society.
“Powerfully argued…Full of arresting observations and insights.” —New York Times
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In their description of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Slate Magazine said, “Grossman cuts such a heroic, omnicompetent figure, he could have stepped out of a video game.” He has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two childrens’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing (with over half a million copies sold), and a New York Times best-selling book co-authored with Glenn Beck.
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- Publisher : Back Bay Books; 1R edition (June 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 377 pages
- International Standard Book Number-10 : 0316040932
- International Standard Book Number-13 : 978-0316040938
- Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
September 12, 2017
My job involved hard labor and was just what I needed because I really wasn’t fit for polite society for the first year. After a year and a half I applied at several local law enforcement agencies and was hired by one with Civil Service. While working full time I also went back to college and got my degree in Criminal Justice. The image of the Vietnam Vet back then was of a deranged person who climbed onto a rooftop and started shooting people. I didn’t discuss Vietnam, or my recurring “Vietnam Dream”, with anybody. I needed the job, I liked the job, and I didn’t want people to think that I was crazy. Frankly, I wasn’t totally sure that I wasn’t, at least to some degree.
After about twenty years on the dept, and I was a Lt. by then, I was assigned to attend a seminar on Deadly Force and Pursuit Policies. One of the instructors was a Psychologist who covered the symptoms of PTSD. I suddenly realized that after my return from Vietnam I had fit the profile perfectly.
After retirement I was a Federal Courthouse Security Officer for eleven years. Another CSO had a copy of “On Killing” by Lt. Col. David Grossman and I read it, several times. Since then I have purchased my own copy, twice. I think that Grossman got it about 90+% right. I am not going to pick the book apart because, as Jesus warned, “while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them”. Also, I could be in error about that other 10%. Every time I read the book I learn something new, or relearn something I had forgotten. I recommend this book most highly to every combat veteran and law
September 30, 2019
This book’s foundation is SLA Marshall’s fabricated statistics from “Men Against Fire.” From this foundation of garbage, the author erects walls of paper. Drawing a correlation between the training methods employed by the US Army and the increase in solider aggression (an illusion based on the previous Marshal data), the author manages to both condemn and praise the increased lethality of the US military.
The book slaps a hideous roof on this monument to bad science by hiding behind the authority of Jack Thompson. This book was written in 1996, and with the benefit of hindsight (it’s now 2019) we can easily see the cracks in the facade. If the name Jack Thompson sounds familiar, it’s because he was a Florida lawyer who made national headlines in the mid-2000s with his crusade against violent video games. A crusade which ended with Thompson’s disbarment and disgrace.
The truth is, violence can be perpetrated by anyone under the right circumstances. The factors are complicated, as are the solutions. There’s no silver bullet (pun intended). Outlawing violent video games/entertainment will do nothing but make us feel better, at least until the next mass school shooting. Violent crime has already fallen in the US. If we want to continue this trend, we must do the serious, delicate, difficult work of grappling with the real reasons behind violence. That means funding mental health services and getting real data behind the factors that lead to violence and solving those as well.
In short: if you came looking for answers to the “epidemic” of violence in the US today, keep looking. You’ll find no science of value in this book.
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