Quite enjoyed it, and Grossman's experience/education affords him great understanding. You can feel his conviction, the emotion in his voice as he reads out his work.
I think the anti-video-game tone is a little tired and old, but he's within his rights to that view, but that's the only real complaint that I can voice in an otherwise inspiring work.
That Dave Grossman read it.
His own emphasis.
Too many to list.
This book is to killing what "On Combat" is to combat. This is the complete book on killing, from killing in war all the way to school shootings. It is life changing because it is so in depth. Statistics are plentiful, so is the psychology and physiology behind it all.
This is a must. Understanding how human beings are affected by killing and what our society does to make them more willing to do it is essential, not only to helping those involved in tragedy or war, but, more importantly, to protecting our children from being conditioned to act out violently. The final chapter is compelling but especially so in the context of the rest of the book. If nothing else, you should listen to the entire book for the sake of the final chapter.
The book is read by the author. On the one hand, he's not a professional voice actor or anything, but on the other hand, it isn't a fiction book. The author reads it as it was intended, knowing what points to emphasize, and you can here how important it is to him. I listened to this mostly in my car, so I had to turn it up higher than usual; the tone of his voice was easily lost in the sounds of the road. Otherwise, I didn't mind him reading it.
Must read for anyone who's in a position to use violence, witness violence, or is disturbed by violence in any capacity.
As someone who's almost had to kill in hand-to-hand combat, I found myself experiencing some strange and, at the time, very embarrassing emotions. Organically, I walked through many of the same steps that Grossman covers here, and I wish I had read the text while or before I was tying to recover from the traumatic revelation that not only could I take a life, but that I would without hesitation if the need arose.
Unfortunately, Grossman tries to unveil a new science. Unfortunately, it seems too brief and too summarized to fully explain the mechanics of what Grossman attempts to discuss. Call it the Trinity of death. Hopefully others pick up where he leaves off.
As a non-combat Veteran, I felt it very accurate in our feelings of regret for not being able to fight to help others. But also in hindsight, the guilt or being an enabler to the bloodshed that we may later with more wisdom not agree with. The bible states that all war is for greedy gain. Not that honorable men may have to fight to stop others greedy gain, but the greedy gain is always there. the United States allowed corporations to set up shop in the Middle East before the dust had even settled. I don't think there are many who would argue that the current wars have more to do with money than any other motive.