Assassination Generation

Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing
Narrated by: Dave Grossman
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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The author of the 400,000-copy best seller On Killing reveals how violent video games have ushered in a new era of mass homicide - and what we must do about it.

Paducah, Kentucky, 1997: a 14-year-old boy shoots eight students in a prayer circle at his school. Littleton, Colorado, 1999: two high school seniors kill a teacher, 12 other students, and then themselves. Utoya, Norway, 2011: a political extremist shoots and kills 69 participants in a youth summer camp. Newtown, Connecticut, 2012: a troubled 20-year-old man kills 20 children and six adults at the elementary school he once attended.

What links these and other horrific acts of mass murder? A young person's obsession with video games that teach to kill.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who in his perennial best seller On Killing revealed that most of us are not "natural born killers" - and who has spent decades training soldiers, police, and others who keep us secure to overcome the intrinsic human resistance to harming others and to use firearms responsibly when necessary - turns a laser focus on the threat posed to our society by violent video games.

Drawing on crime statistics, cutting-edge social research, and scientific studies of the teenage brain, Col. Grossman shows how video games that depict antisocial, misanthropic, casually savage behavior can warp the mind - with potentially deadly results. His audiobook will become the focus of a new national conversation about video games and the epidemic of mass murders that they have unleashed.

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

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

©2016 Dave Grossman (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Both scary and inspiring

The content and volume of statistical data is horrifying. The thought that my parenting could be negatively impacting my girls future through social behavior development is rather unsettling. I hope that I can review this book annually. I will need a constant reminder to help me in making better choices as my girls grow.

I am inspired to share this book with my daughters school principal and teachers, psychologists and resource teachers. I have to assume that they are unfamiliar with this body of knowledge; or they would have aggressively promoted the information to help parents make better choices. I pray that my girls educators become familiar with the risks associated with media and content and are inspired them selves to work toward implementing the media fast.

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A wake-up call for modern parents

Born in 85 and working the last 12 years as an EMT, this book really strikes home. I'm both part of the generation the book speaks to which was raised by television and video games, as well as a first responder who sees the repercussions of this on a daily basis. this is a must-read for modern parents, Community leaders, and Educators alike.

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information relevant to everyone

This book lays out research on school violence in an easy to digest manner. Given the increase in school mass murders in past several decades and all the bad information out there related to the topic, this is a must read for anyone interested in finding a real solution.

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Thank you!

A must read for every parent, medical prof & responsible members of society.

Very grateful for your precious gift to the human race.

God bless!
Dr Michael Goldberg MD

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the most important book on gun violence. Ever.

Whenever there is a shooting at a school we should wonder why the lessons from this book have not been heeded.

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A must read for parents!

Having been in LE for over 20 years I have seen the escalation in juvenile violence. I always believed there was a link to intense media and violence, but this book and its appendices provide the studies associated the books’ content. Studies, which the author is correct, you will not hear about from the very media that promotes violence. Parents really need to read this, and the correlating studies, to care for their children. Lt. Col. Grossman’s other book “Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill” is a good prerequisite to this book.

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Compelling book that all parents should read

Lt Col Grossman delivers another home run in exposing groundbreaking research on the effect of violent media on our children's lives. Every parent in the world should read this book and take action to protect our nation's youth from the dangers of consuming violent media and video games.

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Very Enlightening

When I first heard about Assassination Generation, I was skeptical. However, immediately after beginning the book, I knew it was going to be very “eye opening.” This book is presented very well and contains facts and the necessary documentation to support the idea that media, both TV and Video Games, are having a negative and dramatic effect on children.

I would, and have already, recommended this book to anyone who has young children, or deals with them on a daily basis (teachers, caregivers, etc.). I don’t have any children of my own, but I am an uncle to my brothers 2, soon to be 3, children and I can see how media (especially cellphones and tablets) take up so much of their young lives. At family gatherings, while all the older family members sit together and visit, all the young children can be found inside watching TV or playing video games. Something has to change, and I think this book gives the necessary insight on things to be aware of and ways to change.

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Amazing read.

An incredible book narrated wonderfully by lieutenant colonel Grossman. It does get a bit repetitive and redundant at times but I understand that they're just trying to drive the point home. At some points it did feel a little preachy, just push through, it's well worth it.

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great book

I was a little sceptical at first about some of colonel Grossman's ideas but they make a lot of sense, I'm recommending this book to every parent I know