Achilles in Vietnam

Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character
Narrated by: David Strathairn
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: History, Military
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An original and groundbreaking audiobook that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In this strikingly original and groundbreaking audiobook, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written 27 centuries ago, it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets. 

©1994, 2010 Jonathan Shay, MD (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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A phenomenal narration of a PTSD classic.

The great character actor, David Strathairn, performs the gravelly voices of combat veterans, including that of Achilles. Who knew that Homer could be so gripping and relevant?

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"If you fail to feel the pain of others...

You do not deserve the name of man." ~Saadi Shirazi
This is the closest I've ever been able to get in trying to understand the agony my dad experienced during the war and upon coming home. Thank you for the emotional reading of the personal testimonies. He never broke down in front of me, he hid his pain behind a wall of indifference. This book is my ladder so I can climb it.

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Admirable book, admirably read

Empathetic and incisive. David Straithairn waived his fee for narrating the book, for reasons that are easily apparent.

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Very interesting

A good book. Not to minimize, but I think it has use for other traumatic situations. A must read for anyone with a soldier with P TSD in his family. Could have done without the author's gratuitous attack on Christianity based on a fundamental misunderstanding.

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should be required reading in highschool

I believe this book could improve humanity in general. however, I feel it especially useful for modern society in the United States of America. I wish more people, especially young people, would gain access to this.

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Great

This is a fantastic primer to PTSD and understanding how it affects people. the book shows its age, but i believe that the lessons in it are still just a valuable today, as when it was written.