The Warriors: Reflections On Men In Battle by J. Glenn GrayThe Warriors: Reflections On Men In Battle by J. Glenn Gray

The Warriors: Reflections On Men In Battle

byJ. Glenn GrayIntroduction byHannah Arendt

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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J. Glenn Gray entered the army as a private in May 1941, having been drafted on the same day he was informed of his doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University. He was discharged as a second lieutenant in October 1945, having been awarded a battlefield commission during fighting in France. Gray saw service in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany in a counter-espionage unit.

Fourteen years after his discharge, Gray began to reread his war journals and letters in an attempt to find some meaning in his wartime experiences. The result is The Warriors, a philosophical meditation on what warfare does to us and an examination of the reasons soldiers act as they do. Gray explains the attractions of battle—the adrenaline rush, the esprit de corps—and analyzes the many rationalizations made by combat troops to justify their actions. In the end, Gray notes, “War reveals dimensions of human nature both above and below the acceptable standards for humanity.”

Born in Hanover, Germany, Hannah Arendt received her doctorate from Heidelberg University in 1928. A victim of naziism, she fled Germany in 1933 for France, where she helped with the resettlement of Jewish children in Palestine. In 1941, she emigrated to the United States. Ten years later she became an American citizen. Arendt held num...
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Title:The Warriors: Reflections On Men In BattleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 8 × 5.28 × 0.58 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803270763

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Warriors: Reflection On Men In Battle This book absolutely blew my mind. if you like military history and philosophy then this is the book for you.I found it well written and although it was written in the early 60's it is still poignant and vaild in everyday life. An excellent view into a soldiers psyche.
Date published: 2008-06-22

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J. Glenn Gray contributed more than just another war memoir in The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle. Drafted into the army during the Second World War on the same day he was awarded his doctorate in philosophy, Gray’s unique position allowed him to analyze and respond to the ideology of war, having first-hand experience of battle and a keen intelligence and objectivity. The result is an honest look at both the horror of war and the reasons men clamour for it -- a truly insightful memoir.

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"[A] classic."—Philip Caputo, Washington Post
- Philip Caputo - Washington Post - 20100509