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On Killing by Dave Grossman
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Aug 30, 2009

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Read from April 14, 2011 to January 01, 2012

This is an important work that I have been wanting to read for years. I found the revised and updated version of the book on the shelf at the local bookstore in 2009 and bought it. That it took me until 2012 to get it read is a result of two factors: first, I have a very large reading queue; and second, even once I had begun reading it, I very often felt I needed to take a break from the subject. It's not a fast read. But as I mentioned at the outset, the topic is absolutely essential to understanding the plight of our veterans returning from war and the desensitization to violence that plagues American society writ large. Grossman has some ideas about how to combat violence in society, but will face huge resistance in the media and Hollywood in implementing them. I look forward to reading his more recent book, ON COMBAT, which sits on my shelf waiting, in 2012.

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