for On Combat
By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman with Loren W. Christensen
Following his best selling, Pulitzer Prize nominated book
On Killing, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, with Loren W. Christensen,
present On Combat, a ground-breaking examination of what
it takes to perform, cope and survive in the toxicity of
deadly combat as a soldier in a foreign land, and a police
officer in the mean streets of urban America.
by two warriors who have been there and done that, On
Combat looks at what happens
to the human body
under the stresses of deadly battle — the impact
on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory
perception, memory - then discusses new research findings
as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations
so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win.
A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution
of combat, the development of the physical and psychological
leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed
by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.
The authors reveal the nature of the warrior, brave men
and women who train their minds and bodies to go to that
place from which others flee. After examining the incredible
impact of a few true warriors in battle, On Combat presents
new and exciting research as to how to train the mind to
become inoculated to stress, fear and even pain.
on Lt. Col. Grossman’s popular "Bulletproof
mind" presentation, the book explores what really
happens to the warrior after the battle, and shows how
emotions, such as relief and self-blame, are natural and
healthy ways to feel about having survived combat. A fresh
and highly informative look at post traumatic stress syndrome
(PTSD) details how to prevent it, how to survive it should
it happen, how to come out of it stronger, and how to help
others who are experiencing it.
Combat looks at the critical importance of the debriefing,
when warriors gather after the battle
to share what happened,
critique, learn from each other and, for some, begin to
heal from the horror. The reader will learn a highly effective
breathing technique that not only steadies the warrior’s
mind and body before and during the battle, but can also
be used afterwards as a powerful healing device to help
separate the emotion from the memory.
Concluding chapters discuss the Christian/Judeo view
of killing in combat and offers powerful insight that Lt.
Col. Grossman has imparted over the years to help thousands
of warriors understand and come to terms with their actions
in battle. A final chapter encourages warriors to always
fight for justice, nor vengeance, so that their remaining
days will be healthy ones filled with pride for having
performed their duty morally and ethically.
This information-packed book ploughs new ground in its
vision, in its extensive new research and startling findings,
and in its powerful, revealing quotes and anecdotes from
top people in the warrior community, people who have faced
the toxic environment of deadly combat and now share their
wisdom to help others.
On Combat is easy to read and powerful in scope. It is
a true classic that will be read by new and veteran warriors
for years to come.