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

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The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: 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 first 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 the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent crime rates, suicide bombings, school shootings, and much more. The result is a work that is sure 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 is currently the professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781600245930
Subtitle:
The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
Author:
Grossman, Dave
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Grossman, LT Col Dave
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Author
Author:
Grossman, LT Col Dave
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Updated
Publication Date:
20090622
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.70x5.40x1.50 in. .60 lbs.
Media Run Time:
630

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society
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