On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace 3rd Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : Warrior Science Publications; 3rd edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 403 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0964920549
- ISBN-13 : 978-0964920545
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools."
A person whose life revolves around daily self-administered and/or guided training alike is a warrior. Someone whose lifestyle revolves around the quick and efficient resolution of violent conflict to protect something or someone. For most of us, it is our families and ourselves, but it can range from country to the rule of law or a higher purpose like a Constitution or God. In any case, the most effective warriors are the best tacticians. And being a tactician means being a thinker, and the bearer of a mind fortified with the attainment of knowledge just as a warrior's body must be fortified by physical fitness training.
LTC Grossman is a consummate warrior-scholar, and I found this book impossible to put down. I learned more about the most efficient way to think, move, act, and how to pace myself in ways I was never taught in the Army as a Cavalry Scout. For anyone who aspires to a deep understanding of the study of battle, especially individual or small unit combat, this book will become a Bible to you. Of all the treatises on combat I have read, I have never been so impressed as I was with this book. 100.00/100.00.
I am torn on the authors theory that violent movies and headlines are causing the youth to go and shoot up schools. I think that that kind of stuff is probably not healthy but something else must be going on to make a person commit this type of horror.
The chapters on PTSD and veterans coming home are also very timely. It will allow the regular Joe like me to better understand some of the issues our veterans and police are dealing with.
The chapters are fairly short so it lends itself well to listening to in the car and not losing track of the content.
And, of course, the content is PHENOMENAL! If you have ever read anything of Grossman's you know hat to expect, high level, intensive content with numerous references to source material (none of that "here's a fact - take my word for it.)
If you are a Law Enforcement Officer , a soldier, a Sheepdog, or any other form of Warrior, this should be required reading, but listening is even better!
That being said, I don't agree with David Grossman on 100% of the content or details of his book, but he is the most accurate I've seen so far. I'd give him a 90-95%, which is astounding.
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A book for warriors and families of warriors of all walks: military, police, peace corps, firefighters, customs officers, first responders, teachers, parents and community leaders.
A book for those who wish for stability and democracy. A book for those who doubt it.
In the words of colleagues working at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles:
”Hurt people hurt people”
And to defend against this and maintain peace there will be times when there is no other option than to fight fire with fire. When that time comes we will want informed, prepared and morally grounded warriors. Life over death, justice over vengeance.
P.S. We may all want to wake up to the toxicity of violent media and gaming when left unguided. Kids are warriors, just smaller.
I can summarise the 18 hours: Practice, practice, practice in the most high fidelity way you can. That's it.
*Thankyou Dr Suess