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: 411,278

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Philosopher, ethicist and psychoanalyst Nancy Sherman explores the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers. By illuminating the extent to which wars are fought internally as well as externally, this book expands the discussion about war and the men and women who fight the battles. With close-up looks at servicemen and -women preparing for, experiencing and returning home from war, Sherman probes the psyche of today's soldiers - examining how they learn to kill and to leave the killing behind. Bringing to light the moral quandaries soldiers face - torture, the thin line between fighters and civilians and the anguish of killing even in a just war - Sherman bares the souls of soldiers and the emotional landscape of soldiering. At the heart of the book are interviews with American soldiers, from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but also from Vietnam and the First and Second World Wars.

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Nancy Sherman, University Professor at Georgetown University, served as the Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the United States Naval Academy. Trained as both a philosopher and a psychoanalyst, she lectures on resilience, trauma and military ethics. Author website:

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"Humaniz[es] soldiers by enabling us to see them as individuals with distinct, particular responses to psychological and physical wounds." The New York Times "This book is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the full cost of modern combat." Military Times "Brilliant... a must read for veterans and those who seek to understand them." Huffington Post