On Killing: The Psychological Cost Of Learning To Kill In War And Society

Paperback | June 22, 2009

byDave Grossman

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The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.

Upon its initial publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects soldiers, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent trends in crime, suicide bombings, school shootings, and more. The result is a work certain to be relevant and important for decades to come.

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The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of m...

A former army Ranger and paratrooper, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman taught psychology at West Point and was the professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:June 22, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly, highly recommended. This is a book that should be read by everyone. I learned more than I thought possible. Highly, highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More study than book This book is more a study than anything else. It would most appeal to those involved in the military or those deeply interested in it, such as historians. As a member of the public, it was an interesting read, but I would have liked an updated edition including the last two decades of combat history. The current content is well researched over decades and the author is a clear authority on the matters at hand.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In depth investigation into the complexities of combat and the act of killing The title says it all! On Combat is an intuitive approach to the complexities involved in combat. On Combat demonstrates the difficulties that soldiers face when presented with the opportunity to kill and the reactions of modern armies to ensure that they will. An absolutely brilliant work and a must have for any military or history enthusiast!
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