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

On Killing by Dave Grossman
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Apr 13, 2011

it was amazing
Read in April, 2011

My best friend is currently at Basic Training for the Army, and she loaned this book to me before she left. I'm really, really glad that she did. This book was a very important one for me to read, and now was the right time for me to read it. Far from being a long essay of the horrors of war, this book deals intelligently and sensitively with the act of taking a human life and what it takes to overcome the inherent instinct to NOT kill another human being so that a soldier can do his job and survive on the battlefield. It also deals with what it takes to help that soldier deal with the emotional cost of having done his job. Far from being a depressing or upsetting study of destruction, this book studies what beliefs a soldier has to have in place to be able to perform, and what kind of structure a combat unit must have to provide the support that will get a soldier through a war. This is a study of humans in inhumane situations, and it provides a much deeper and more comprehensive understanding than I have ever been able to achieve with other sources.

I would encourage anyone who knows a soldier to read this book, so that you can understand better what they have experience or will experience and also know how to support them and keep them from becoming a living casualty of war.

In fact, I would encourage everyone to read this book. It's that important.

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message 1: by Tima (new) - added it

Tima To Peyrac: That is not at all what the book is about.

message 2: by Tima (new) - added it

Tima Okay, good. Phew. I must have misinterpreted your comment.

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