On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

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Author: Grossman, Lieutenant Colonel Dave

Edition: Revised

Features:

  • Back Bay Books

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 416

EAN: 9780316040938

Release Date: 22-06-2009

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Paperback

Details: Product Description 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. About the Author 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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