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On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society - Dave Grossman
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
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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,... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780316040938 (0316040932)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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I really want to read this to the end. It's an interesting topic that I'd like to know more. But, I couldn't get along with his flow. There's so many of "We'll talk about this later" yet there's so many argument being repeated, I just felt like I'm being led around a circle. Somehow I had a feeling...
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5.0 On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
I just want to say...I am a product of the American public school system, and I owe a whole hell of a lot to all the teachers who taught me, and whose patience and thoughtfulness guided me or set an example I could follow. My experience with public school teachers has overwhelmingly been that they c...
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The title might put people off, but this is an important book on the effects killing has on those we ask to do it. Whether a medical practitioner who is dealing with returned soldiers and marines and their grab bag of medical ailments or just a person who wants a better understanding of effects the ...
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