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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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Thank you!

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

Very grateful for your precious gift to the human race.

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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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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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Scary but true and with a possible bright future

Very eye opening book that scares you but let’s you know what you can do and what others are doing to try and right the course.

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Excellent listen

First, I think Grossman is an excellent narrator. This book is excellent and should be read/listened to by anyone with kids (or just anyone in general).

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Important book for all to listen

This book talks about what we are putting in our heads and the heads of our children. It breaks down the time lines and provides explanation why our society is going the way it is.

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Must Listen

As always, extraordinary information in a well presented format. Well done, Lt. Col Grossman. Thank you for your efforts.

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Worth the read!

The information is incredibly revealing. The presentation by Grossman is captivating and you don’t want to stop listening. Well written and well read!

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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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