On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace Audiobook | Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen | Audible.com
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On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace | [Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen]

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

On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.
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On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations, so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America. The authors reveal the nature of the warrior, brave men and women who train their minds and bodies to go to that place from which others flee.

After examining the incredible impact of a few true warriors in battle, On Combat presents new and exciting research as to how to train the mind to become inoculated to stress, fear, and even pain. Expanding on Lt. Col. Grossman's popular "bulletproof mind" presentation, the audiobook explores what really happens to the warrior after the battle, and shows how emotions, such as relief and self-blame, are natural and healthy ways to feel about having survived combat. A fresh and highly informative look at post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) details how to prevent it, how to survive it should it happen, how to come out of it stronger, and how to help others who are experiencing it.

On Combat is easy to understand and powerful in scope. It is a true classic that will be listened to by new and veteran warriors for years to come.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2013 Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 01-23-14
    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "if you carry a gun - you must listen to this"

    A bit of a scholarly work but well worth it.

    This is a must listen if you have a carry permit or have firearms in the home for defense.

    BZ Col Grossman

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel United States 12-18-13
    Daniel United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A solid read. Very informative and rivreting."
    Where does On Combat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 5 of my non-fiction list. Very informative.. I don't agree with all the author's conclusions, but it's a definite must read for people who want to understand how stress affects performance. If you are a first responder of any branch or want to understand the types of stress they encounter, this should be on your reading list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Combat?

    Stories from police and military people.. Riveting.


    Have you listened to any of Dave Grossman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But, a friend just gave me On Killing in paperback.. I am planning to start reading it soon.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No one particular moment.. There were many poignant moments in the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan United States 02-27-14
    Ryan United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.

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    "Mandatory Reading for All Military Personnel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of On Combat to be better than the print version?

    Ihave not read the print book, but there are pieces of the audio book that you will never get in print. COL Grossman teaches as well as narrates which allows the reader a much richer experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be required reading for every Solider, Sailor, Airmen, Marine, Police Officer, or First Responder. I have had 1 deployment to Iraq and 3 to Afghanistan. After reading this book, there are so many pieces that the military tries to teach its troops in mandatory deployment training but gets lost in the political correctness. I learned a lot in this book and found so many things that fellow veteran friends of mine could learn as well. The principles taught in this book are not just what to do after; but things we don’t think to ask about for the before or during of an intense event.

    I read a few reviews about COL Grossman being preachy or ultra religious. I did not find this at all. For anyone that has ever dedicated their life to an ideal greater than themselves, you will relate to every aspect.

    If you wonder if you should download this book….the answer is yes. If you are saying well I don’t know….they answer is download it.

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    Jeremiah VAN NUYS, CA, United States 02-26-14
    Jeremiah VAN NUYS, CA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up On Combat in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, helpful, applicable.


    What does Dave Grossman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dave Grossman brings THAT ENDING.
    I won't spoil it, but in the last few seconds of the book the tone of the book goes from 55 mph to Mach freakin' 12 as the patriotism literally EXPLODES into your ears, music even starts playing! I didn't know whether to laugh or gag it was so comical.

    Honestly, GREAT BOOK, but there's something to be said about that ending.
    If you recommend this book to a friend you will DEFINITELY know when he or she has finished it when they jump up and yell "AMERICAAAAAAA!!!"

    The seriousness and somber tone of the rest the book is almost overshadowed by the ending of this book, it just doesn't fit to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Every part of this book is important and I found myself rewinding a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared for that ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 10-07-13
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Warning: Far-Right hit piece on Hollywood!!"

    First off, this book is GREAT when it actually sticks to the content associated with its title (and synopsis on Audible). When it talks about the physiology and psychological affects of combat on our soldiers, it is top notch.

    However, this book is a wolf in sheep's clothing for the far right wing. About 2/3 of the way through the book, it decides to become a hit piece against pretty much EVERYTHING that pisses off the far right wing in this country. It squarely sets its sights mostly on Hollywood.

    Now, don't get me wrong, I agree there is a debate that needs to take place here, and in fact I actually agree with some of Grossman's opinions on media violence. HOWEVER, I did not get this book to be lectured on (what I consider to be) a far right wing agenda. Had I wanted a book like that, I would have PURCHASED a book like that. The author (Grossman) isn't even remotely objective about it, seemingly failing to recognize that the far right could actually be wrong about anything. He even goes so far as to give religious advice, which I found to be ridiculous, and uncalled for, especially considering the fact that his tone was preachy enough without it.

    I'm not going to list point-by-poiint where Grossman is wrong, because I'm not being paid to write this review or debate him. Bottom line is, the book's title and synopsis (on Audible) is VERY misleading. This is a far-right wing propaganda piece, for a large section of it, and had I been warned of this in either the synopsis or title, I would have NEVER purchased it.

    If you are a far right winger, and you're interested in this subject, this book is for you. I mean that sincerely. You will actually enjoy it quite a bit. However, if you are a free-thinking, rational minded moderate, that doesn't feel like being lectured on things like; why we should take Draconian measures in censoring our country's art, why ALL drugs should be illegal (even harmless ones like marijuana), and why YOU should believe in and worship the Christian God, then my advice is to stay as far away from this book as possible.

    I feel it necessary to add this postscript - the anecdotes in his book, referring to the BRAVE men and women that serve this country's military are outstanding. This review IN NO WAY is meant to take away from or disparage the sacrifices they have made in serving our great country. I give thanks for them every day I am alive. This includes the author, who has served this country for many years. This review should only reflect the fact that I am incredibly disappointed with how misleading the title and synopsis of the book are.

    21 of 47 people found this review helpful
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