In that sense, it is unlike anything else I have ever read.
Dr. Shay's an excellent author who is able to break down PTSD and other psychological disorders down so laypeople can understand them.
The way in which Jonathan Shay relates Homer's Iliad and ancient combat veteran, Achilles to modern-day warfare is brilliant.
An excellent correlation of soldiering -- centuries apart. How did the ancient Greeks conduct warfare? How did they mourn fallen comrades? What did they fight for? Read morePublished 5 days ago by Judy Soriano
Achilles was the first recorded case of PTSD. Shay reads The Iliad in the light of modern understanding of combat psychology. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Billie Louise Jones
Many of the other reviews for this book come from veterans who have found this book to be both incredibly informative and useful for their own healing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doktor Faustus
I think this book provides great insight into what combat does to soldiers. I hope everyone will read it and have more sympathy, concern etc for the people defending our nation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Niceguy california
Three caveats: 1) This is not an easy read. 2) This book is not for everyone. 3) My rating and comments may well be biased because so much of what Shay has to say mirrors what I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daryl Kim Hamblin, PhD
The Iliad is populated by individual Greek warriors who are fighting for honor and glory and eternal fame. Achilles went to gain these things, knowing he would die at Troy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea Deagon
The author compares The Iliad and the Vietnam War. He explains both good and bad, like and unlike. I remember most the difference given between the two era's of warriors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer D Oswald