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Wars change, warriors don't.

We are all warriors. Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet, and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and in what we believe. 

Do we fight by a code? If so, what is it? What is the warrior ethos? From where did it come? What form does it take today? How do we (and how can we) use it and be true to it in our internal and external lives? 

The Warrior Ethos is intended not only for men and women in uniform, but artists, entrepreneurs, and other warriors in other walks of life. The audiobook examines the evolution of the warrior code of honor and "mental toughness". It goes back to the ancient Spartans and Athenians, to Caesar's Romans, Alexander's Macedonians, and the Persians of Cyrus the Great (not excluding the Garden of Eden and the primitive hunting band). 

Sources include Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Xenophon, Vegetius, Arrian, and Curtius - and on down to Gen. George Patton, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan.

©2011 Black Irish Book, LLC (P)2011 Black Irish Books, LLC

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Excellent book!

It will inspire your warrior ethos to overcome and win your external and internal battles!

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A good read for the studenrt of warrior psychology

I thought it was very well written and his ideas were well presented. the arguments he makes I believe are on par with Col. Grossman's "On Combat", clear and in depth but not over done, easy to follow for the lay person.

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Missing, stories of the powerful and steak rub Divine feminine.

I have enjoyed most of Steven Pressfield‘s books as inspirational guidance on staying true to the Muse. This book, while identifying the warrior archetype, was too focused on the masculine. What about the Amazon Women, or the single mother working several jobs just to feed her children, or women survivors of domestic and sexual violence still sacrificing themselves for their family day in and day out. The pronoun “he” was used throughout excluding woman warriors in language and in story. I expect more from Pressfield’s storytelling.

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Read more than once

I have read this book more than a dozen times and I have finally been able to get the audible version! it's the best short read I own and consider it a basis for any man and woman in the service and public safety.

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Highly Recommend

Very Insightful. Very Knowledgeable. Reccomended to me. I highly Recommend to everyone. The Warrior Ethos, a code to live by.

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Warriors All...

Here's something that will give you some though with regards to the warriors in us all and the battle we each face.

There are some great anecdotes and some pearls of wisdom that we could all learn from and it's by our man Mr. Pressfield. The only critique I would give is that he reads it a bit to fast...bit it's a small one considering it's worth more then one listen.

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Amusingly Nonsensical

Vague, rambling, self-contradictory. Tried to argue that "warriors" are unique and stand apart from society at large, then argued that the Jungian archetype of the warrior is a developmental stage for every person. In addition to Jungian psychology, several other outmoded theories were put forward, such as the "savagery, barbarism, civilization" view of cultural development.

Overall, the incredibly short length of the book allows the misconceptions, half-formed ideas, and questionable allusions to ancient history mildly amusing rather than tedious or painful to read.

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Epic book for life in general

Motivating, fast paced, mega! Really impressed with this, great snippets, references and pace. Well read