Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers” as Want to Read:
The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A unique analysis of the moral weight of warfare today through the lenses of philosophy and psychology.

Philosopher, ethicist, and psychoanalyst Nancy Sherman explores the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers. By illuminating the extent to which wars are fought internally as well as externally, this book expands the national discussion about war and the men and
...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published February 16th 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Untold War, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Untold War

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Alex Flynn
Nov 12, 2011 Alex Flynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research, army-life
I read this on veterans day which was a great way to celebrate the day. In some ways I think this book should be required reading in the US, or at least some reading on the moral and ethical implications of being a soldier and relying on a volunteer army to fight out wars. Oddly, the more I read about the huge burden borne by the armed forces, the more I support a mandatory draft. It just bothers me deeply that so many war profiteers pushed us into a war on false pretenses that would be fought b ...more
Elizabeth
Apr 16, 2010 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
Reviews

Booklist Reviews

Philosopher and psychoanalyst Sherman brings both perspectives when listening to soldiers sort out their feelings about war, the killing, reintegration into society, and survivor guilt. Sherman focuses on interviews with 40 soldiers—from the Vietnam era through the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—at various points in their military careers and expands her examination to the impact of war on the families of soldiers. Referring to philosophers from Aristotle to Seneca t
...more
Jo
Mar 14, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book looks at the psychological trauma of war from a philosophical or moral point of view, rather than a medical one. This was not what I thought it would be about, but it was a different approach to the issue and quite refreshing. On reflection, I suppose the reference to souls in the subtitle should have tipped me off. Sherman discusses the difference between civilian and military attitudes and how the transition between the two (both ways) can have negative emotional impact, as well as d ...more
Velvetink
Saw Nancy Sherman interviewed tonight - very impressed. This book needs to be read. There are some video's of her talks about War - titles below, you can watch the full interview or just segments..
Full Interview 41:45
The Moral Burden of Dog Tags 3:40
How War Changes, and How It Doesn’t 3:42
Soldiers Speak About the Unspeakable 6:28
The Hidden Emotional Cost of War 3:09
How We Can Really Support Our Troops 6:00
What’s Fair in War 8:49
Preventing Another Abu Ghraib 5:18
We Can Still Learn From Ar
...more
Melissa Stacy
Dec 27, 2013 Melissa Stacy rated it it was amazing
This is a great book of easy-to-read philosophy, most of it centered on the ideals of Stoicism that fuel much of the U.S. military's mentality of training soldiers for war. It also examines the shortcomings of Stoicism, especially in dealing with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). This book points out that PTSD should not be called a "disorder" but a "wound"-- because what these soldiers with PTSD deal with is a permanent psychological condition that is like having (what I think of as) menta ...more
Brianna
Apr 09, 2012 Brianna rated it it was ok
Although the personal accounts of soldiers trying to recover emotionally from war are heart-wrenching, those stories almost seem to be relegated to anecdotes. For me, this book was too much about Sherman's psychoanalytic theories (and her recommendation of Stoicism) to be as impactful as I expected.
JoAnn Jordan
Jun 23, 2010 JoAnn Jordan rated it really liked it
This is a very good book about the cost of war on those in the military services. It explores the psychological trauma often faced by soldiers and the physical costs as well. I found it very informative and well written. It is not light reading, but a serious tome.
Xandretta
Aug 20, 2011 Xandretta rated it liked it
Very interesting. I listened to this one and I think I would like to read it again more analytically.
Annette
May 23, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing
A must read.
Jordan McBride
Aug 15, 2013 Jordan McBride rated it it was amazing
A really good book about what it's like inside the mind of a veteran. I really think more people should read this book before jumping to conclusions about veterans returning from war.
Ron
Ron rated it really liked it
Nov 11, 2011
Ashley Haynes-Gibson
Ashley Haynes-Gibson rated it it was amazing
Jul 09, 2016
Kassy
Kassy rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2012
Eric Redmon
Eric Redmon rated it it was amazing
Dec 17, 2016
Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore rated it really liked it
Jan 07, 2017
Clayton A. Cohn
Clayton A. Cohn rated it liked it
May 14, 2014
Shannon Edris
Shannon Edris rated it it was amazing
Jan 01, 2014
Gregory Allen
Gregory Allen rated it liked it
Jan 16, 2016
Carlene
Carlene rated it really liked it
Sep 02, 2013
André
André rated it really liked it
Nov 29, 2010
Maureen Eva
Maureen Eva rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2016
Heather
Heather rated it really liked it
Aug 04, 2010
Patrick
Patrick rated it liked it
Jan 14, 2015
Andrew
Andrew rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2012
Alyssa
Alyssa rated it really liked it
Mar 13, 2015
Bryson Graham
Bryson Graham rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2014
Kat
Kat rated it it was amazing
Nov 15, 2016
Lc
Lc rated it really liked it
May 26, 2014
Erin
Erin rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2013
Steve Woods
Steve Woods rated it did not like it
Mar 03, 2017
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming
  • Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq
  • The Longest War: A History of the War on Terror and the Battles with Al Qaeda Since 9/11
  • A History of the World Since 9/11: Disaster, Deception, and Destruction in the War on Terror
  • The Vietnam Reader: The Definitive Collection of Fiction and Nonfiction on the War
  • War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars
  • When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years
  • Born in Tibet
  • Shadow Dance
  • We Did Nothing: Why The Truth Doesn't Always Come Out When The UN Goes In
  • The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace
  • Maps to Ecstasy
  • The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq
  • Most Secret War
  • Heroes
  • The Ultra Secret
  • Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism
  • Thrashing About with God: Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything
235554
My introduction to the psyche of the soldier, in a sense, goes back to my father and my childhood. My dad was a WW II vet who never talked about “his” war, though he carried his dogtags on his keychain for 65 years. The war never left him; he took it to the grave; and he always felt that his burden was private. I suspect I always felt that the burden ought to be shared, or at least, that I ought t ...more
More about Nancy Sherman...

Share This Book