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.
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
This is a well written book.
Great Read - not a typical review
My range instructor suggested everyone in the class should really read this book and typically I never do it. I wrote down the name of the book and later found it when I cleaning up and in the moment took a chance one and bought.
I live in the Midwest, so I’m familiar with living in the country and it’s way of life.
His first impression and experience with the killing of farm animal was very compelling one not to terribly different then my own. From that moment on I was hooked and the book was about me and what we’re capable of giving proper conditioning and opportunity.
I agree with my range instructor. This book was written for anyone who wants to learn more about killing and it’s place in our nature and humanity.
Insight into my own life growing up with a Vietnam Vet.
I have a better understanding now. Loved the book.