David Sakrison's Reviews > On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

On Killing by Dave Grossman
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Feb 06, 2008

it was amazing
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Recommended for: Everyone
Read in January, 2008

If someone you care about is, has been, or will be in combat in the military, you need to read this book, to understand the emotional and psychological costs of killing. The book is a double-edged sword--hopeful, in that it shows just how difficult it is to get civilized young men to kill; and saddening in its portrait of the emotional and psychological scars the killing imposes on young men.
Freedom isn't free. This book tallies up the human cost a soldier must pay when you teach him to kill.

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