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On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the
stresses of deadly battle the impact on the nervous system, heart,
breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new
research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such
debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief,
but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the
development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables
humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of
domestic violence in America. The authors reveal the nature of the
warrior, brave men and women who train their minds and bodies to go to
that place from which others flee. After examining the incredible impact
of a few true warriors in battle, On Combat presents new and exciting
research as to how to train the mind to become inoculated to stress,
fear and even pain. Expanding on Lt. Col. Grossman s popular
"Bulletproof mind" presentation, the book explores what really
happens to the warrior after the battle, and shows how emotions, such as
relief and self-blame, are natural and healthy ways to feel about
having survived combat. A fresh and highly informative look at post
traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) details how to prevent it, how to
survive it should it happen, how to come out of it stronger, and how to
help others who are experiencing it. On Combat looks at the critical
importance of the debriefing, when warriors gather after the battle to
share what happened, critique, learn from each other and, for some,
begin to heal from the horror. The reader will learn a highly effective
breathing technique that not only steadies the warrior s mind and body
before and during the battle, but can also be used afterwards as a
powerful healing device to help separate the emotion from the memory.
Concluding chapters discuss the Christian/Judeo view of killing in
combat and offers powerful insight that Lt. Col. Grossman has imparted
over the years to help thousands of warriors understand and come to
terms with their actions in battle. A final chapter encourages warriors
to always fight for justice, not vengeance, so that their remaining days
will be healthy ones filled with pride for having performed their duty
morally and ethically. This information-packed book ploughs new ground
in its vision, in its extensive new research and startling findings, and
in its powerful, revealing quotes and anecdotes from top people in the
warrior community, people who have faced the toxic environment of deadly
combat and now share their wisdom to help others. On Combat is easy to
read and powerful in scope. It is a true classic that will be read by
new and veteran warriors for years to come.

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Reviews for On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace:

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Jun 29, 2011

I doubt that anyone really reads or cares about the Tags we label our good books within (you know fiction or non fiction etc) so I mention that I placed this work in "pop-academic" even though technically it may be found in your University library and not at your local library. But it is to me a good example of bad research writing. The author states his credentials within the text and he does so in bad taste. His text lacks notations where they might really be supportive, maybe even needed to I doubt that anyone really reads or cares about the Tags we label our good books within (you know fiction or non fiction etc) so I mention that I placed this work in "pop-academic" even though technically it may be found in your University library and not at your local library. But it is to me a good example of bad research writing. The author states his credentials within the text and he does so in bad taste. His text lacks notations where they might really be supportive, maybe even needed to make several statements credible but there are none. There are many facts, studies, and even personal anecdotes based on insider-military experiences none of which carry a courtesy notation of evidence. This guy goes on to let the reader know he has zero combat experience, but anyone who is seasoned with academic literature can see that Lt. Grossman has not spent much time in serious literature reviews or exchanges with people outside perhaps the military.
This book is frequently cited in solid examples of literature on PTSD and for that I feel sorry for the lack of alternatives. It is poorly written and difficult to trust as a result of its source and its execution ...more
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Mar 21, 2014

Yet another book that has been relegated to the DNF file. If I had wanted to read On Killing again, I would have picked up a copy of On Killing and read it again. I made it 75 pages in, and none of the information in On Combat was anything new. Also, I'm fairly certain Shakespeare (you know, the guy who wrote all those great tragic plays in the late 16th and early 17th century?) wasn't exactly a warrior, so what's with all the quotes from him to start chapters and sub chapters?

I also take Yet another book that has been relegated to the DNF file. If I had wanted to read On Killing again, I would have picked up a copy of On Killing and read it again. I made it 75 pages in, and none of the information in On Combat was anything new. Also, I'm fairly certain Shakespeare (you know, the guy who wrote all those great tragic plays in the late 16th and early 17th century?) wasn't exactly a warrior, so what's with all the quotes from him to start chapters and sub chapters?

I also take offense at all the anecdotes and "testimonial stories" (a term I use VERY loosely here) with absolutely no footnotes or references for where the information may have come from, or who told the story. This kind of writing makes the skeptic in me ask, "Is this actually a factual story, or is it just made up to manufacture "evidence" of the point the author is trying to make at this particular point in the book?"

I read On Killing several years ago, enjoyed it, and actually felt somewhat enlightened by much of the information contained therein. Sadly, On Combat just flat out doesn't make the grade. I have entirely too many other books I would like to read to either entertain myself or to integrate my brain with new and useful information to force myself to slog through something this poorly written that is just a rehash of another work that came out long before this book was published. ...more
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Jan 01, 2016

As I have never served in the armed forces, as a police officer, or had to use lethal force in self-defense in any encounter, I'm probably missing the real benefit of this book. Col. Grossman is exhaustive in his approach to helping those to protect us. I would guess that any cop/vet/serviceperson would get more benefit from this book than I did, and I got quite a lot.

For fiction writers, this is a wonderful book that helps get into the mind of people who use lethal force. The reality of combat As I have never served in the armed forces, as a police officer, or had to use lethal force in self-defense in any encounter, I'm probably missing the real benefit of this book. Col. Grossman is exhaustive in his approach to helping those to protect us. I would guess that any cop/vet/serviceperson would get more benefit from this book than I did, and I got quite a lot.

For fiction writers, this is a wonderful book that helps get into the mind of people who use lethal force. The reality of combat is not the boom-dead-done approach of movies and most TV shows. Combat can change people (and characters) forever. I drew an enormous amount from this book that will go into my future stories.

So why only three stars? The repetitiveness of the content. Grossman seems to treat this book the same way he would train people for active shooting situations, by repeating the same information over and over. Despite the stellar content, it started to feel like a college final essay where the author was ten pages short of the assigned length, and started pasting things already covered but rewording them so they at least looked like original content. The repetition was so dramatic it was difficult to finish the book. ...more
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Feb 28, 2014

A must-read book for everyone. The author categorizes each person as either a wolf, sheep, or sheepdog. The wolf preys on the sheep; the sheep are under the protection of the sheepdog and victimized by the wolf; the sheepdog protects the sheep from the wolf and keeps the predator behaving uprightly due to his presence. Most sheep have a hard time accepting the sheepdog but are thankful for them and will hide behind them when the wolf shows up. One easy way to find out whether or not you are a A must-read book for everyone. The author categorizes each person as either a wolf, sheep, or sheepdog. The wolf preys on the sheep; the sheep are under the protection of the sheepdog and victimized by the wolf; the sheepdog protects the sheep from the wolf and keeps the predator behaving uprightly due to his presence. Most sheep have a hard time accepting the sheepdog but are thankful for them and will hide behind them when the wolf shows up. One easy way to find out whether or not you are a sheep or a sheepdog is to ask yourself this question: "Do you run towards the bullets or away from them?"

John 15:13 KJV
[13] Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ...more
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Oct 20, 2017

Grossman once again takes his readers into the psychology and physiology of killing, combat and deadly force incidents.

Why I started this book: Working my way thru the audio books that I have access to. This has been on my list for a while... that's the problem with long lists.

Why I finished it: This book is very repetitive. Since it is focused on "warriors" and reassuring them that what they are experiencing is normal, the repetitive comments helped spread the author's message. (And frankly, it Grossman once again takes his readers into the psychology and physiology of killing, combat and deadly force incidents.

Why I started this book: Working my way thru the audio books that I have access to. This has been on my list for a while... that's the problem with long lists.

Why I finished it: This book is very repetitive. Since it is focused on "warriors" and reassuring them that what they are experiencing is normal, the repetitive comments helped spread the author's message. (And frankly, it did feel a little like proselytizing.) Good support for combat veterans and cops but very condescending to civilians. ...more
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Jun 22, 2014

WOW! in-depth. well-researched. now this is a book. not to mention the provocative subject matter. elegantly written. just the right amount of quotes. just the right amount of anecdotes. just the right amount of philosophy. just the right amount of instruction. just the right amount of heart. no lulls in book. masterfully written. thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the genius of this excellent author. I recommend this book to men everywhere in every profession. I recommend this book to women WOW! in-depth. well-researched. now this is a book. not to mention the provocative subject matter. elegantly written. just the right amount of quotes. just the right amount of anecdotes. just the right amount of philosophy. just the right amount of instruction. just the right amount of heart. no lulls in book. masterfully written. thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the genius of this excellent author. I recommend this book to men everywhere in every profession. I recommend this book to women who have had fathers in the military or in the police force. I recommend this book to mothers of men. two thumbs up. Thank you, Gordon, for recommending this book. ...more
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Sep 25, 2012

Excellent book on the psychology of war and combat. My husband is a police officer and heard Dave Grossman speak here in Indianapolis. He was very impressed, and purchased a CD of the lecture. I popped it in one day, and was riveted. My husband also purchased one of his books at the lecture, and I devoured that, as well, and went on to buy this book soon thereafter.

I'm a Marine Corps veteran, and married to a cop, so a great deal of the subjects touched on things that hold a personal interest to Excellent book on the psychology of war and combat. My husband is a police officer and heard Dave Grossman speak here in Indianapolis. He was very impressed, and purchased a CD of the lecture. I popped it in one day, and was riveted. My husband also purchased one of his books at the lecture, and I devoured that, as well, and went on to buy this book soon thereafter.

I'm a Marine Corps veteran, and married to a cop, so a great deal of the subjects touched on things that hold a personal interest to me, but you do not have to be in a law enforcement or military career to appreciate the subject matter. The books is written in a very direct style, and information is given in such a way that even a person like me, who has not experienced combat first-hand, can still understand the physical and psychological impact of such things.

I have used this book as research material in my own writing, and I feel I have absolutely come away with a far better understanding of the dynamics involved in deadly conflicts. I have recommended this book, and others by Dave Grossman, to friends and family who are involved directly or indirectly with law enforcement or military.

If you are considering this book, I might also recommend looking up the author and taking a peek at some of his online videos so you can get a feel for his style. I was very pleased to find that his speaking and writing style were very similar. Direct, concise, and very informative.

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Dec 04, 2015

First, I have to say that I’m not the target audience for this book. In the language of the book, I am most definitely a “sheep.” When all hell breaks loose, I run the other way. Fast.

I got this book for research purposes, and it wasn’t what I was expecting. I wish that the book had more citations and more balanced arguments. Some of the statistics are worded in misleading ways, and a few of the chapters come across as one-sided rants. The author didn’t always convince me that his arguments were First, I have to say that I’m not the target audience for this book. In the language of the book, I am most definitely a “sheep.” When all hell breaks loose, I run the other way. Fast.

I got this book for research purposes, and it wasn’t what I was expecting. I wish that the book had more citations and more balanced arguments. Some of the statistics are worded in misleading ways, and a few of the chapters come across as one-sided rants. The author didn’t always convince me that his arguments were true. I also wish that the book had been less about the author and more about the things in the book’s description.

Some of the chapters are interesting, and I’m sure that this book is a fabulous resource for warriors, but if you’re doing academic research, there are better books out there.
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Feb 17, 2008

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Written more for soldiers and others who end up in real combat situation. This book is important for people to understand what they have, are, or will experience when faced with violence and violent situations.
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Jan 30, 2020

Finished this book in just under a year. Quite the struggle. I read this because I thought I would find helpful information that was not covered in On Killing. However, what I found was a very similar book filled with a TON of filler. There are quotes for every heading and input from probably anyone who sent Col Grossman correspondence over the years. The random letters and articles are very brief and many lack the depth to leave impact on the message. Example of a filler was found in three Finished this book in just under a year. Quite the struggle. I read this because I thought I would find helpful information that was not covered in On Killing. However, what I found was a very similar book filled with a TON of filler. There are quotes for every heading and input from probably anyone who sent Col Grossman correspondence over the years. The random letters and articles are very brief and many lack the depth to leave impact on the message. Example of a filler was found in three consecutive paragraphs that I took note of when referencing a defense lawyer. In the first paragraph he references a lawyer in a thousand dollar suit; second, the lawyer is paid big bucks; third, slick lawyer in a shiny suit. Just say a defense lawyer...we get it!

This book should be half the length, and maybe even shorter than that. Maybe I should've looked for the cliff notes. I forced myself to continue reading it hoping to find some helpful information after a critical incident just to find myself getting distracted and annoyed as the book continually pandered to people like me by constantly referring to them as warriors. Additionally, it was very apparent that the authors needed to do their best to blow smoke up anyone's butt when referencing them in the book. And it was repetitive in the manner of continuously saying great things about these doctors/researchers/experts. Once is enough. Multiple times either means you're trying to compensate for something, or you're looking for filler. This was even done when Col Grossman referred to his co-author. You don't need to do that! He's writing the book with you! Apart from that, this is not an action novel and therefore it does not need the abundance of adjectives. In an action novel, a cop may patrol a "mean street". In a book on the psychology of policing, a cop simply patrols. The reader is not a second grader. They know what a cop's job is. People watch the news and TV. I wish I would've taken notes from day one but then this review would be as long as the book. While I think this book is not written well, I don't doubt the writers' expertise in this field. I just feel this book was a painful read due to all the fluff surrounding almost every topic. If it was written well and all the extra stuff was cut out, this could be an informative short read that people might feel more positive about. ...more
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Sep 08, 2019

Good book. Deceitful title.

This book is not what it sounds like. Perhaps it is the case that there were times where the psychology and some elements of physiology of people in war were analyzed, it though is an insult to the sciences of both physiology and psychology to claim this book aptly presented information on the subjects.

Overall though this book had some pretty high quality commentary on the psychology of what it is to be a warrior, how it is that these men and women must deal with the Good book. Deceitful title.

This book is not what it sounds like. Perhaps it is the case that there were times where the psychology and some elements of physiology of people in war were analyzed, it though is an insult to the sciences of both physiology and psychology to claim this book aptly presented information on the subjects.

Overall though this book had some pretty high quality commentary on the psychology of what it is to be a warrior, how it is that these men and women must deal with the horrifying experiences of combat, and some other fun topics.

Grossman has some great commentary on mass shootings in America. Genuinely. His take on mass shooting has probably been the most sensible and useful I have thus seen. The parts of the book on this made the whole book worthwhile.

Overall. It was a pretty decent and I advocate anyone interested war, combat and conflict to read it. ...more
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Mar 20, 2011

As I mentioned before in my review of "On Killing", I think that Colonel Grossman is an excellent theorist. This book presents an interesting account of how combat stress develops and identifies a number of moderating and mediating variables. It also provides an excellent account of what it is actually like for a soldier or peace officer to engage in combat, including cognitive, emotional, and moral consequences. These accounts are based on what seem to be hundreds of hours of interviews and As I mentioned before in my review of "On Killing", I think that Colonel Grossman is an excellent theorist. This book presents an interesting account of how combat stress develops and identifies a number of moderating and mediating variables. It also provides an excellent account of what it is actually like for a soldier or peace officer to engage in combat, including cognitive, emotional, and moral consequences. These accounts are based on what seem to be hundreds of hours of interviews and correspondence with people who have actually experienced combat, and are probably the book's most valuable contribution. Since combat is something that most mental health providers will never experience, it helps to have a written account that can help them relate to their clients who have.

The empirical contributions of this book, however, are not quite as impressive. Data is often glossed over, and in at least one instance (I believe), obviously misinterpreted. Often times Colonel Grossman quotes himself, his personal correspondence, and works of fiction that he authored as data to support his theories. Not surprisingly, he usually finds that he agrees with himself.

So, my belief is that the theories presented in this book are only ideas, and that empirical evidence is lacking. This is not to say that Colonel Grossman is wrong. It simply means that I think it is time for him to develop his ideas a little more by supporting them with empirical data. Of course, we must consider the difficulty of collecting empirical data about combat performance and the fact that this book was written for a primarily lay audience. However, the fact that he does cite some empirical studies suggests that the task is not impossible.

I noticed that another review of this book mentions Colonel Grossman's frequent citing of his own credentials, which is true. Given the fact that Colonel Grossman never mentions any academic credentials, it creates the feel that he has a sort of (unnecessary) academic small-man complex and constantly needs to remind the reader of what an expert he actually is. Ironically, removing such frequent references to his own credentials would actually make the work seem more credible.

A sizeable portion of the book is also dedicated to speaking out about violence in video games, television and movies. While the topic is interesting, it seems less relevant to the topic of combat and more appropriate for a separate book.

Overall a good read, and probably a must-read for anyone involved in providing mental health care to police officers, members of the military, or any other group that might be exposed to combat situations. However, the information presented should not be taken as scientific "fact," but rather considered a jumping-off point for scientific inquiry. ...more
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Oct 04, 2010

All the information police, soldiers and other warriors have been missing for over fifty years is right here in this solid volume.

Lt Col Grossman and Loren Christensen put it all together. They've created terms we did not know we needed, for things we didn't even know occurred. Grossman has a cute but very apt description of the function of the midbrain, fulfilled by 'the puppy,' as he calls it. He calls fear of human violence the 'universal phobia,' and tells you why it's universal. He gives a All the information police, soldiers and other warriors have been missing for over fifty years is right here in this solid volume.

Lt Col Grossman and Loren Christensen put it all together. They've created terms we did not know we needed, for things we didn't even know occurred. Grossman has a cute but very apt description of the function of the midbrain, fulfilled by 'the puppy,' as he calls it. He calls fear of human violence the 'universal phobia,' and tells you why it's universal. He gives a brief overview of what happens to your body when 'fight-or-flight' kicks in, then delves deeply into sensory distortions experienced in life-or-death situations. This is only the beginning.

The authors divulge the training a person needs to enter the 'toxic, corrosive realm of combat,' and why we need those who are willing to do so. Stress and fear innoculation, dealing with killing, being wounded, and cultural issues are dealt with in section three.

Sometimes the aftermath is far more traumatic to a person than the 5 minute episode of all hell breaking loose. The authors use almost 100 pages to discuss what happens after the smoke clears: PTSD, debriefings, a full explanation of tactical breathing, guilt, and communicating with those who've been 'there.' Along with the guilt issue, the author also addresses the conflicts that can develop from within because of a person's religious beliefs after killing.

I believe this book to be of immense value to all emergency responders, police, and military personnel. After borrowing it and reading it, I've ordered it and recommended it to just about everyone I know in those communities.

I would have a hard time recommending this book to anyone on the outside, which is part of why I rated it a four. There is a large amount of insider jargon, and a cultural bias, in the warrior community. This will not translate well for those Lt Col Grossman refers to as 'the herd.'

The second reason I gave it a four is the physical quality of the book. The binding seperated from the spine almost immediately, and I can see the cover coming off within a few readings. ...more
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Dec 04, 2009

I found On Combat to be significantly more poorly written, and more reliant on personal anecdotes (to say nothing often inexplicable quotes from Shakespeare's histories) than On Killing. With that said, I found it to be more interesting (fascinating, in fact) and far more practical. Again, this isn't science yet, but LtCol Grossman is pushing the boundaries of what we know and understand about the human psyche and the human experience. All human experience will involve conflict- not necessarily I found On Combat to be significantly more poorly written, and more reliant on personal anecdotes (to say nothing often inexplicable quotes from Shakespeare's histories) than On Killing. With that said, I found it to be more interesting (fascinating, in fact) and far more practical. Again, this isn't science yet, but LtCol Grossman is pushing the boundaries of what we know and understand about the human psyche and the human experience. All human experience will involve conflict- not necessarily armed- but this book disusses how and why we respond to stress between people. Definitely worth working through ...more
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Jul 11, 2010

Don't let the title fool you. This isn't a book encouraging people to be violent and it's written for everyone - not just our police and military (though it should be mandatory reading for them). It's mainly about the physiological response to violence so covered a lot of the same material as "The Boy who was raised as a dog", though you wouldn't think so to compare the titles. A really interesting and thought-provoking read.
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Apr 02, 2018

I love the insight on the effects of combat and other high-stress/intense encounters. Breaking down the thought process and physical stimulus puts things into perspective from the act of taking a life to witnessing a traumatic event. I don't agree with Lt. Col Grossman on all things, such as the effects of video games on society but overall this is a must read.
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Jan 05, 2019

Excellent book on the business of combat, both civilian and military. It goes through the process from start to finish with a clarity and thoughtfulness that only comes with experience and deep thought. The definition of wolves, sheep and sheepdogs is brilliant.
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Sep 29, 2017

Don't expect a story. This is a one man's guide into the subject On Killing/On Combat. There is an online certificate course for this book that I recommend taking.
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Mar 18, 2012

While the main audiance of this book might be designed to be police officers or those in the armed forces, it was a very interesting read from any perspective.

A few of the chapters go into detail into the effect of video games on children (as well as TV and movies). This was really fascinating to read because talking to my students, I can see how much they love those games, and while I never thought highly of them, I may also have underminded their importance (or destructiveness, as it were) on While the main audiance of this book might be designed to be police officers or those in the armed forces, it was a very interesting read from any perspective.

A few of the chapters go into detail into the effect of video games on children (as well as TV and movies). This was really fascinating to read because talking to my students, I can see how much they love those games, and while I never thought highly of them, I may also have underminded their importance (or destructiveness, as it were) on children.

That is a portion of this book, but the main points of the book describe what it means to be a 'warrior'--and what a warrior might expect before, during and after combat. Combat can be described in many ways. Before it takes place, it's important to be prepared mentally and physically. Training is key, as our bodies literally shut down when we are stressed, and one sinks to the level of their training. Mentally and emotionally, we need to know what we are willing to do, so we are not cursed with indecision at the moment of crisis.

During the crisis, it is important to try to keep our bodies within a healthy heart rate (breathing techniques help), because physiologically speaking, if our heart rate gets too high, we shut down. (Not desired!) After a crisis, we need to debrief. We need to talk with others to either share our pain, or share our joy. We made it, we are alive. The debriefing is only as important as your mental health after a crisis is to you. There is catharsis in talking about what happened.

While I am not a police officer, or in any branch of the armed forces, this book gave me a lot to think about in relation to school safety and shootings, and how adults (myself included) should respond to such a threat or actual event.

I think the message I am taking from the book is: whereas I would absolutely hate to be in a position to need the infomraiton in this book....I would much rather be prepared if I'm ever forced into such a situation! ...more
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Feb 15, 2010

Very intense, but incredible book on the psychology and physiology of war. I became interested in this after talking with dozens of Afghan mujahadeen (freedom fighters) who described to me in detail what it was actually like to be in combat against the Russians or Taliban, and how even as warriors they long for peace. This book also goes into detail to help the healing process of veterans who have been involved in combat through breathing exercises, meditation and learn from others who have been Very intense, but incredible book on the psychology and physiology of war. I became interested in this after talking with dozens of Afghan mujahadeen (freedom fighters) who described to me in detail what it was actually like to be in combat against the Russians or Taliban, and how even as warriors they long for peace. This book also goes into detail to help the healing process of veterans who have been involved in combat through breathing exercises, meditation and learn from others who have been able to resolve their anguish and torment from the violence of war to a healing process. The psychological trauma inflicted on those who have been in war is perhaps one of the least supported areas of veterans, and this book is an excellent resource for the military and public. Thank you Dave for the prolific research, and insightful writing done to produce this excellent book! ...more
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Jan 08, 2010

Colonel Grossman looks at the psychology of combat and brings a completely new view of what happens in the mind of a man when he must kill. This book, along with its companion book, On Killing, are excellent resources for those in military or law enforcement who may some day have to fire on and possibly kill their fellow man. What ingrained mental processes may keep them from functioning as they need to to survive, how can they train to use their mind to the greatest advantage rather than have Colonel Grossman looks at the psychology of combat and brings a completely new view of what happens in the mind of a man when he must kill. This book, along with its companion book, On Killing, are excellent resources for those in military or law enforcement who may some day have to fire on and possibly kill their fellow man. What ingrained mental processes may keep them from functioning as they need to to survive, how can they train to use their mind to the greatest advantage rather than have their mind get them killed, and how can they avoid becoming psychological casualty. An incredible book that every soldier should read! ...more
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Jun 21, 2009

This book is a MUST read if you have any family members, friends or loved ones in the military. It treats the psychological aspect of what combat does to people. It discusses feelings during the episode, what happens to the physical body, what to espect, and even goes into detail on how to treat those who have been in combat or in a life and death situation. Towards the end of the book it teaches a breathing technique that can be used in any situation to calm yourself or someone else down, and This book is a MUST read if you have any family members, friends or loved ones in the military. It treats the psychological aspect of what combat does to people. It discusses feelings during the episode, what happens to the physical body, what to espect, and even goes into detail on how to treat those who have been in combat or in a life and death situation. Towards the end of the book it teaches a breathing technique that can be used in any situation to calm yourself or someone else down, and diminish the effects of stress. It is funny, cause I have used the technique with my little girl, but didn't really realize the physics behind it. Amazing book. ...more
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Dec 27, 2009

At the recommendation of a friend, I started reading this book. The reason he recommended it was because I'm in a leadership position in my military unit. I didn't think it was so much about how to be a good leader more than it was a book that talks about why we need warriors, who should be warriors, what a warrior should expect during combat and what to expect when coming home. This book is under my skin right now and has me questioning so much about myself. What I'm thinking is rather At the recommendation of a friend, I started reading this book. The reason he recommended it was because I'm in a leadership position in my military unit. I didn't think it was so much about how to be a good leader more than it was a book that talks about why we need warriors, who should be warriors, what a warrior should expect during combat and what to expect when coming home. This book is under my skin right now and has me questioning so much about myself. What I'm thinking is rather personal, but it's making me think very hard. I would recommend this book to anyone who is really dedicated to the job in the military or law enforcement. ...more
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Dec 12, 2010

Awesome book, but not for you. Covers training, physiology, psychology and more related to killing. How to train those whose job it is to kill, soldiers, police etc. How the media and FPS video games train those we don't want to kill, Columbine,Jonesboro etc. How to deal with killing or its negative side effects.

A must read for any warrior or anyone associated personally or professionally with one. Also excellent for first responders and others whose lives are touched by violent death. This book Awesome book, but not for you. Covers training, physiology, psychology and more related to killing. How to train those whose job it is to kill, soldiers, police etc. How the media and FPS video games train those we don't want to kill, Columbine,Jonesboro etc. How to deal with killing or its negative side effects.

A must read for any warrior or anyone associated personally or professionally with one. Also excellent for first responders and others whose lives are touched by violent death. This book could save your life. ...more
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Jan 13, 2013

Excellent book. For every sheep dog - law enforcement, military, martial artist or former military or law enforcement. Anyone who is interested in being a force for good. "On Combat" is designed to prepare the reader for "bullet proof" mind when it comes to understanding how conflict escalated saves lives. Colonel Grossman refuses interviews because the information he shares is the difference between life and death. Mistakes and misquotes in this regard can cost lives. Excellent analysis of Excellent book. For every sheep dog - law enforcement, military, martial artist or former military or law enforcement. Anyone who is interested in being a force for good. "On Combat" is designed to prepare the reader for "bullet proof" mind when it comes to understanding how conflict escalated saves lives. Colonel Grossman refuses interviews because the information he shares is the difference between life and death. Mistakes and misquotes in this regard can cost lives. Excellent analysis of combat situations and real threats in our society. ...more

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