Jonathan Shay



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Achilles in Vietnam: Combat...

4.25 avg rating — 1,197 ratings — published 1994 — 7 editions
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Odysseus in America: Combat...

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The Benefits of Tomato

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Combat Stress Injury: Theor...

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Killing from the Inside Out...

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Flashback: Posttraumatic St...

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Voices in Wartime Anthology

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Losing Tim: The Life and De...

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Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stor...

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Continuing Actions: A Warri...

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“Melodramas of moral courage provide satisfaction through the comforting fantasy that our own character would hold steady under the most extreme pressure of dreadful events. [But we must face] the painful awareness that in all likelyhood one's own character would not have stood firm.”
Jonathan Shay, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

“Homer suggest that if you forget your pain, you forget your homeland-you 'lose your hope of home.'"-pg.39”
Jonathan Shay, Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming

“Many Vietnam veterans I see in the clinic swing painfully between a crushed, tainted mortality and its nostalgically longed-for, but dreaded, godlike opposite. Above all, a sense of merely human virtue, a sense of being valued and of valuing anything, seems to have fled their lives. As products of biblical culture, most veterans believed it is nobler to strive to be like God than to want to be human. However, all of our virtues come from not being gods; generosity is meaningless to a god, who never suffers shortage or want; courage is meaningless to a god, who is immortal and can never suffer permanent injury; and so on.”
Jonathan Shay, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

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