By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
Copies have been autographed!!
With an eye to the military command's imperative of overcoming that innate resistance, Col. Grossman quotes numerous anecdotes that exemplify the phenomenon and studies that examine it.
With such knowledge, the military has implemented training that gets firing rates up to 90 percent of soldiers [as we saw in Vietnam], but the psychic cost of blazing away for real is heavy. Individually, a killer goes through thrill-remorse-rationalization stages; socially, the killer needs reassurance and if it is not received, will suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome, characteristic of Vietnam veterans.
Col. Grossman concludes his findings of "enabling factors" in killing by identifying them at work in the rampant violence afflicting American society. This is a book that requires some steely fortitude to finish, but once done, On Killing delivers insights on human nature that are both gratifying and repelling.
Gilbert Taylor - Booklist
* "...an explosive look at why there is so much killing not just in wars but
in modern society...it is a must read. I recommend it highly. His research...is
frightening, and should be a wake-up call to society. I couldn't put it down."
Walt Gochenour, WWII vet, in 82nd Airborne Division Association Journal
* "...both disturbing and oddly reassuring ... a valuable contribution, full
of arresting observations and insights of the sort that make you alter the way
you have thought about certain subjects, most notably the nature of battle and
the dramatic rise in the murder rate that has taken place in the United States
in the last two decades. "powerful...persuasive...incisive...
"Grossman's case is too carefully presented, too well grounded in actual observations,
not to be taken seriously."
New York Times
* An excellent book."
Dr. Joyce Brothers, in her nationally syndicated column
"...illuminating account of how soldiers learn to kill and how they live with
the experience of having killed...This book concludes with an impassioned plea
for regulating media violence through social censure and pressure. This surely,
is a sensible and welcome recommendation."
* On Killing is destined to become a classic."
Army (Journal of the Association of the U.S Army)
* "I enjoyed (if that is the right word to use) On Killing enormously,
congratulations on a fine piece of work."
Richard Holmes, author of Acts of War and Sandhurst History Professor
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