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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 2014
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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

    4 of 4 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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    "DAT ENDING"
    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    N. Sommers 01-31-15
    N. Sommers 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "software over hardware"

    this is a must read for those that are serious about the act and aftermath of combat

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elias Matos 12-24-14
    Elias Matos 12-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read for warriors.
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    For all soldiers, law enforcement and civilian sheep dogs. Mindset, how to survive the fight before it comes .
    Nothing beats having the book narrated by it's author you can feel the passion for the subject matter in his voice.

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    Kyle 06-15-14
    Kyle 06-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Understanding extreme stress on the body"
    Would you listen to On Combat again? Why?

    This is a great book for anyone who works in extreme stress environment and understanding the effects of stress on the body, and it helps you to understand how to use the effects of stress to your advantage. This is not just a book for the military or law-enforcement it is also great for those in the medical field or any one living in a high stress environment.


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

    It is stated in the book you do not rise to the level of expectation. But you sink to the level of your training.


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

    It is great to have the author of the book as the narrator it is like you were at one of his seminars.


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

    Yes!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne 05-30-14
    Leanne 05-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Should be mandatory."
    What made the experience of listening to On Combat the most enjoyable?

    Col. Grossman took the time to narrate this work himself. His passion for understanding human behaviour under extreme stress and how to help military and law enforcement professionals is evident.


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

    After reading/listening to this work you will gain a greater understanding of the challenges that the modern day warrior faces. Facts supported by evidence demonstrated through endless examples throughout history. On Combat offers the modern day warrior the practical knowledge needed to survive physically and psychologically.


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

    On Combat and On Killing should be mandatory reading material for any law enforcement officer of military personnel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This work will give the modern day warrior the tools he/she needs to survive the psychological stresses of peace an warfare. It will help the family members of these warriors to understand and how to readjust to life after a combat experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be read and re-read every year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S 05-09-14
    S 05-09-14
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    "Amazing!"
    If you could sum up On Combat in three words, what would they be?

    This book blew me away! What an incredible look into the world of the warrior. I learned so much about high stress/combat situations, and how to deal with them. I highly recommend this to anyone who has military or LE in the family, or even to someone who is interested in this field, amazing insight!


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    "Lifechanging"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anyone who owns a firearm, has loved ones to protect, and/or believes that there are people in the world who would harm us...must read this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voice of experience.


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

    Examples of tactical techniques - such as breathing.


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

    The very last passage. A poem.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow.

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    Pedro 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Read or listen in this case"

    I loved this book, it is very informative. It is a must read for military & first responders.

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