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On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Survival
Price: $15.95
Average Rating:
(19 Votes)

Colonel Grossman's in-depth study of violence, death and the aftermath both for observers and those who must kill.

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    rangerschramp, Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:10:00 UTC.
    1st review

    Starting in 2003, when I first enlisted in the U.S. Army to today, I have gone through four copies of this book. It was recommended to me both by a Vietnam vet and a young cadet in his second year of military school. I have passed it on to other young soldiers and police, never minding in the least when they pass it on to another, and have found one part of the book or another useful time and time again for myself and friends returning from war.

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    ViolationReport, Tue, 19 Aug 2008 19:03:46 UTC.

    Outstanding Book. I have owned three copies, all of which I have given to other people. The book makes such an impression that you have to share it with someone and you dont care if you get it back. ANYONE, who is in, was in, or thinking about the military or law enforcement needs to read this book.

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    C_Repine, Sun, 14 Sep 2008 19:57:49 UTC.

    A great book! I go back & read it over again every so often just to keep sharp & in the proper mindset.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 21 Sep 2008 02:41:20 UTC.

    An excellent book that begins to guide officers to the proper survival mindset and gives a complete understanding to the physiological reactions we have in combat and high stress situations. Another "must read" from Grossman. It is even better if you read it then go hear his Bulletproof Mind class.

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    prophet911, Mon, 09 Feb 2009 08:51:31 UTC.

    Lt Col Grossman. As another member said about him, 'nuff said.

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    dino98, Thu, 19 Feb 2009 16:34:10 UTC.

    Great book, making it a perfect compliment for the subsequent 'On Combat' book by Lt. Grossman. Should be absolute required reading for anyone considering military or LE, or anyone at all interested in better understanding humanity thruout history.

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    ocsd2413, Fri, 20 Mar 2009 21:31:15 UTC.

    To reiterate what others have said, and throw in my agreement, this book should be required reading for law enforcement officers. Every academy in the country should be making their recruits read this book. The only other book that even comes close is Grossman's other book, On Combat.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:59:13 UTC.


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    JCM1447, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:52:18 UTC.

    This should be required reading for all Law Enforcement officers! I own it, and have read it three times. Should be read by your significant other as well!

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    Bulldog136, Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:01:06 UTC.

    A must for anyone that carries a gun.

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    rhood, Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:50:06 UTC.

    This is a great read.

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    CID163, Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:49:13 UTC.

    cool book

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    Anonymous, Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:49:58 UTC.

    I have attended Col Grossman's class on killing and surviving in shoot outs. The only class I have ever attended and not one person nodded their head trying to catch a snooze during any of his classes. 30 plus years going to different classes and his were excellent, he is one hell of an instructor. Anyone having the opportunity to attend one of his classes, jump on it immediately.

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    DRKMA, Fri, 03 Jul 2009 11:23:53 UTC.

    Great book for Psychologists!

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    bourneshooter, Sat, 04 Jul 2009 00:17:21 UTC.

    A must read for anybody who thinks they *might* be a sheepdog, and especially for those that carry a gun.

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    THEMAN1234, Fri, 04 Sep 2009 05:06:53 UTC.

    This really book really got me thinking!

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    Anonymous, Sat, 20 Feb 2010 15:32:02 UTC.

    PERSPECTIVE... I have been in the mind of a genius

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    woodard_1cor15_57, Sat, 14 May 2011 08:54:16 UTC.

    Anything by Col Grossman is worth reading

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    MaxVirtus, Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:06:24 UTC.

    One of the best things about this book is the quotes that Lieutenant Colonel Grossman received from the veterans he interviewed.

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