The content of this book is terrifying, yet the potential good implications of it are beautiful. I highly recommend anyone who has any form of authority whether the simple authority to vote or the more important as a parent or leader in society to listen well and consider fully the implications of what lies within this book.
Fascinating interpretation of data though some of the conclusions are a bit of a stretch. Lots of one sided data presented. I've seen many Soldiers who were ill-suited for the experiences they endured. Many were ill-suited for adulthood, responsibility and accountability in general. In their cases, PTSD or other illness appears to be a manifestation of their upbringing in a society of entitlement.
The mental aspect of war the combative , and non-combative service members endure are intense. The book covers in dept, but simple terms the full spectrum of what it is, how it happens, and the ways to cope with it.
I served 14 years in the military, non of it direct combat, or as explained close range death. So to hear this and have a better understanding has given me insight of how to deal with some issues. In addtion, to what some of my closest brothers in arms deal with; gives me a better understanding on how to talk with them and help us deal with these emotions.
I look forward to reading/listening to the follow on book "On Combat".
Overall good listen. Really liked the link to killing to sex. My old man was in Vietnam and it was wonderful to hear how important that war was to the book. Now it seems it needs an update look at OIF and OEF. I was a machine gunner in the USMC and the section on how we have the luxury at not seeing our enemy is helpful. Well, I've been going back and forth for years now on that subject so the book was good to listen to in the gym, for working off anger, to listening in the car and not having road rage.
Excellent, until the unfounded assertions towards the end. Since he's recommending quite a bit of control, regulation, and force be used, he should have more scientific studies and corroborating evidence to support his assertions that video games and movies cause an increase in violent crime. It was a great book though, if only the last 2 chapters or so were erased.