Every day, as citizens we ask other citizens to defend us at home and abroad. What are the costs to them, us, and our society when we send them to kill for us? Are we doing enough to prepare our fellow citizens for the emotional and psychological burden they have to carry? The author has worked in the field and spoken at length to those who are on the front lines, giving this book weight while remaining accessible. This book is essential reading for all Americans. — From Drew's Picks
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.