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    DescriptionThe good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young. Upon its first publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent crime rates, suicide bombings, school shootings, and much more. The result is a work that is sure to be relevant and important for decades to come.


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    Title
    On Killing
    Subtitle
    The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dave Grossman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780316040938
    ISBN 10: 0316040932
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.9
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
    B&T Approval Code: A31453000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC051000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A31830000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 355.0019, 364.1523019, 355.001/9
    LC classification: U22.3 .G76 2009
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: JM, TTM, JBFK, JKV
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    BACK BAY BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 July 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    A former army Ranger and paratrooper, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman taught psychology at West Point and was the professor of Military Science at Arkansas State