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On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by [Grossman, Dave]
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On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society Kindle Edition

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An updated edition of a perennial bestseller - the "illuminating account of how soldiers learn to kill and how they live with the experience of having killed." - Washington Post

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A controversial psychological examination of how soldiers’ willingness to kill has been encouraged and exploited to the detriment of contemporary civilian society.
 
Psychologist and US Army Ranger Dave Grossman writes that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to pull the trigger in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion.
 
The mental cost for members of the military, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The sociological cost for the rest of us is even worse: Contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques and, Grossman argues, is responsible for the rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young.
 
Drawing from interviews, personal accounts, and academic studies, On Killing is an important look at the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.
 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3508 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316040932
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; Revised edition (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J90F8W2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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