ISBN-10:
0964920549
ISBN-13:
9780964920545
Pub. Date:
09/28/2008
Publisher:
Warrior Science Publications
On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace / Edition 3

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace / Edition 3

by Loren W. Christensen, Dave Grossman
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ISBN-13: 9780964920545
Publisher: Warrior Science Publications
Publication date: 09/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 403
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A former army Ranger and paratrooper, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman taught psychology at West Point and is currently the professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University.

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On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Seminarian More than 1 year ago
Every citizen in the United States should be required to read this book, and say "Thank You!!" And, since none of us ever knows when we might confront a life-threatening event, it is good preparation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"On Killing" which is a very good book, has to be considered a high school textbook in comparison to "On Combat" which should be considered graduate school work if you compare the two. Both are good but "On Combat" goes so much farther and deeper than "On Killing" did. If you are planning to read both, I actually would suggest reading "On Combat" first. My copy is already beat up and I should have started reading it with a highlighter in my hand. I have already been able to share some of the concepts with coworkers and incorporate some of the lessons into training I have to provide. This book is about surviving, both physically and mentally, winning and going home to your loved ones, both physically and mentally. Whether you are a warrior or you live with one, you need to read this book. Remember, your body can't go where your mind has never been.
Tomcat1066 More than 1 year ago
Three years ago, I was involved in a situation where I needed to draw my pistol to protect me and my family. Afterwards, I was shaking like a leaf, my body reacting during the whole situation in ways that frankly scared the hell out of me. I talked to combat vets about what had happened, and openly wondered if I was cut out for carrying a weapon. They universally recommended this book. I'm glad they did.

Dr. Grossman describes not only what can happen physically during combat, but also why. His words provide physical reasons for reaction often considered a sign of cowardice or at the least fear, and removes the stigma of these reactions. Further, he outlines ways in which one can work to remove these reactions.

The one negative I have, and the primary reason this book is listed as 4 star instead of 5, is Dr. Grossman's positions regarding violent video games. I totally disagree with him on this issue, but it is for each person to decide for themselves.
David_Kantrowitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolutely essential book for anyone who intends to take responsibility for their own safety or the safety of others. If you carry a weapon in the line of duty or for your own personal protection you need to read this book.Grossman takes an in-depth look at the physiological and psychological effects of a lethal encounter, both during the event and the aftermath. He backs up his conclusions with solid research and empirical data gathered from actual events, including interviews with survivors from law enforcement and the military.Grossman's narrative includes a religious perspective that some readers may find at the least irrelevant, and at the most distracting. I would encourage those readers to focus on the facts, as they are still extremely valuable regardless of the author's personal opinions.
xenchu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about combat, how to prepare for it, how to engage in it and how to survive afterward. It is a handbook for police and military personnel. It covers the bases carefully in detail and with examples.I'm sure there are a lot of people who would find the subject distasteful. However, I found it, to the best of my limited experience, truthful and factual.
Victor-in-Texas More than 1 year ago
I begin to understand what I went through and why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are going to read this you may also want to look into "On Killing". They both are great reads on how the mine works with the stresses of war. I'm in the military and thought i knew a good chunk of stuff but i was way off on a lot of things. it has brought to light a lot if things i have never thought about.
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Prof_Tom More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that Dr. Grossman chooses unfortunate titles for his book, it stands as a vital resource of information on the psychological and physiological affects of close quarter violence. While Dr. Grossman addresses soldiers and police officers, the message for others is clear. He presents the active shooter in schools and elsewhere in a through and thoughtful way. If the reader can ignore the self-serving asides then this book will be enlightening. Dr. Grossman gives us an understanding of the issues involved in school shootings and what we can do and not do, This is a book for educators, administrators and parents too.I highly recommend this book.
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BASE More than 1 year ago
good book for anyone that wants to know about what goes on during a war and what the men and women go through. i loved the part about controlling your breathing and how it goes into depth..very informative:)