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ON KILLING Author Dave Grossman

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The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Today's Society, and ways to overcome, Should the situation Arise.

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    smackey, Mon, 09 Mar 2009 03:35:42 UTC.
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    This book is very amazing, in the light it sheds, on man's powerful reluctance to kill another human being. It also covers the devastating post- traumatic stress, that goes along with killing. Lt. COL. Dave Grossman is a former Army Ranger and Paratrooper. He also taught Psychology at West Point.

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    dino98, Mon, 09 Mar 2009 15:54:54 UTC.

    Excellent book on the natural reluctance (and subsequent overcoming) of killing another human being. I particularly enjoyed the historical perspective of soldiers (in)ability to kill the enemy. Great complement to Grossman's subsequent 'On Combat'.

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    zjmazey, Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:35:41 UTC.

    This is one of the best books ever written. It is an excellent resource and explains the psychological cost of war and the taking of human life. It provides valuable insight and worthwhile techniques both for mentally preparing oneself for the possibility of a violent encounter and also for dealing with the aftermath. This book is an invaluable officer safety resource. If I could only read two books for the rest of my life it would be the Bible and On Killing.

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    Bulldog136, Fri, 13 Mar 2009 01:26:31 UTC.

    I first met LTC Grossman at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He gave my class a motivation speech that was so effective we took off running and stopped when we realized we didn't know where we were going.
    I have read several of his books including this one, it is a must read for anyone involved in law enforcement or the military. Very good insight on what goes through a person's mind when they are faced with the fact they may have to kill someone. He also goes into what happens after the fact, again something every officer/Soldier should know.

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    Buddylaw, Fri, 27 Mar 2009 17:43:25 UTC.

    Excellent book. Great for those who are involved in training.

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    txsheepdog, Fri, 27 Mar 2009 20:37:47 UTC.

    Must read

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    Sincetuesday, Thu, 16 Apr 2009 22:32:06 UTC.

    A real interesting read.
    I especially enjoyed the chapter where he broke down a civil war battle to firing rates and rounds per minute. It seems some of those boys were aiming high on purpose...natural aversion to killing, he explained.
    I read it in high school so I don't remember a whole lot...but I know that I enjoyed it, and would probably read it again if I could find my copy.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:41:57 UTC.

    Great book this should be mandatory reading in the academy

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    Anonymous, Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:44:21 UTC.

    this is good st uff

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    rhood, Tue, 21 Apr 2009 17:10:16 UTC.

    A good read.

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    HynesE57, Sat, 11 Jul 2009 21:06:21 UTC.

    Great book. Everyone else already said it better. so i'll leave it at that. do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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    Enthusiast, Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:19:05 UTC.

    This is a must read to anyone whose occupation may require the use of deadl force. Read it, then read it again.

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    Sheepdog_1, Thu, 03 Jun 2010 03:38:06 UTC.

    On Killing and On Combat were both recommended to me in the Academy and in the Army. I read both and highly recommend them also. On Killing taught me what the stress of killing and combat are all about. I now understand veterans, the veterans of war and the veterans of killing your fellow man, and understand it well. As a Sheepdog I am prepared for the worst, and prepared to help those that have been there and not yet read these inciteful works. My thanks to Lt Col Grossman.

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    Budde96, Fri, 04 Jun 2010 03:12:45 UTC.

    After I eliminated an enemy mortar team in '04, I didn't know what to think or feel or if any of this was a normal reaction. This book answered all these questions and more. A great book to have in any department and although I wouldn't say it's a "must read" for senior leadership in a Department's organization. It can help shape a Department's policies and leadership's attitude towards a righteous application of deadly force.

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    officermbm, Sun, 06 Mar 2011 14:59:18 UTC.

    Great book. Buy it, borrow it from a friend or check it out at the library and read it.

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