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To Christian readers I would recommend considering Hillman's view that Christianity has been martial from the start as a challenge to examine the relationship between the Christian emphasis on love and innocence and its long institutional history of intolerance and brutality. Is warfare endemic to Christianity? Are Christians who reject warfare exceptions to an almost universal aggressiveness? Must Christianity be a religion of missionaries who think they know better than the peoples they seek to convert? These are some of the questions raised by Hillman's study.
Hillman also brings new emphasis to a heavily underrated factor in American aggression: hypocrisy. How is it that we select as leaders (and do adults really need leaders to begin with? Indigenous cultures got on fine with wise elders and mentors) the most insincere and immature among us? Why is it (as Aaron Kipnis puts it) an old boy's club instead of a gathering of wise old men? What does it do to us, these deceptive speeches and these Orwellian justifications (war for peace; "democracy" from the top down; "pre-emptions" that precede nothing but endless cycles of violence)?Read more ›
A extremely well written cogent main thread is inter-populated with short "just in the right spot" and "just the right length" diversions. I especially enjoyed the diverson about Japan(1543-1879)and guns. A very nice presentation model.
Hillman presents war as an archetypal suprahuman truth he calls Mars or Ares. The book really gives no hope for the eradication of war as Hillman states towards the end:
"But war itself shall remain until the gods themselves go away."
As a vet, I also recommend this book for any veterans who otherwise might not be interested in psychology and mythology or give a hoot about archetypes.
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I have loved James Hillman since I heard of him and met him in 98 in Mendocino. I am lucky to have his picture, his smile. He is a wonderful elder and dances with style and grace. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by anonomous
A page turner of great depth (yes, that is possible). It speaks of war as a mythic rather than a socio-political experience. One of the best twenty books I have ever read. Boom.Published on January 10, 2014 by A. Sykora
First, I've learned a good deal from reading James Hillman and admire his work. I've read A Terrible Love of War closely, taught it twice, often find myself convinced by Hillman's... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Mark Holland
Can Hillman correctly be called a 'Heathen author'? Partially, perhaps. On the one hand he documents how religions, in particular Abrahamic ones, especially Christianity, provide... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by xul
I found this in the bargain bin at a local supermarket chain several years ago. Out of curiosity, and the belief that any book, priced at $2, could hardly be a waste of money, I... Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by C. Hardin
I have no complaints about my last purchases.
The negociation was great and the product arrived before time and brand new.
This book is excellent and instructive. I have not read it all to date but what I have read I found helpful. Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by Margaret Edwards-brown
While in many ways this is an excellent book and a good read, it is also deeply flawed. The greatest flaw in the book is the last chapter, where Hillman goes on a rant against... Read morePublished on October 5, 2008 by M. Cerri