The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers

The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers


By (author) Nancy Sherman

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393341003
  • ISBN 13: 9780393341003
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 487,990

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The Untold War draws on revealing interviews with servicemen and -women to offer keen psychological and philosophical insights into the experience of being a soldier. Bringing to light the ethical quandaries that soldiers face-torture, the thin line between fighters and civilians, and the anguish of killing even in a just war-Nancy Sherman opens our eyes to the fact that wars are fought internally as well as externally, enabling us to understand the emotional tolls that are so often overlooked.

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Nancy Sherman, University Professor at Georgetown University, served as the Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the Naval Academy. Trained as both a philosopher and a psychoanalyst, she lectures on resilience, trauma, and military ethics. She lives in Kensington, Maryland.

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"Starred Review. At a time when suicide rates among veterans is increasing sharply, this empathic examination of 'the moral weight that soldiers carry on their shoulders' is essential reading." "Humaniz[es] soldiers by enabling us to see them as individuals with distinct, particular responses to psychological and physical wounds."