for On Killing
disturbing and oddly reassuring... a valuable
contribution, full of arresting observations and
insights of the
sort that make you alter the way you have thought
about certain subjects, most notably the nature of
battle and the dramatic rise in the murder rate that
has taken place in the United States in the last
two decades. "powerful. . . persuasive... incisive...
Grossman's case is too carefully presented, too well
grounded in actual observations, not to be taken
-New York Times
written on a subject that has never before, to my
knowledge, been drafted for public consumption.
-General W.C. Westmoreland
Supreme Allied Commander in Vietnam
systematic examination of the individual soldier's
behavior, like all good scientific theory making,
leads to a series of useful explanations for a variety
of phenomena... This important book deserves a wide
readership. Essential for all libraries serving military
personnel or veterans, including most public libraries.
sincere congratulations on your extremely interesting
book. Besides the subject itself with all its implications
for civil society and military establishments, my
wife and I were most impressed with your balanced
and broad presentation.The fact that a professional
military can write for the widest spectrum of political
and moral persuasions with conviction and tolerance
speaks highly of your intellectual and human qualities...
It is a fact that all the modern media everywhere,
but particularly those in the Latin American subcontinents,
are under the good and bad influence of the American
products for the movies, TV, video games, etc. Even
though the local levels of violence do not reach
yet those prevailing in the worse derelict areas
of large American cities, the trend is clear and
points in the same direction. We hope that a translation
of your book will soon be available for the benefit
of Spanish speaking readers.
-Herman Schwember, Ph.D.
Writing from Chile
for writing On Killing and being so straightforward
in stating your case. It is a compelling, profoundly
moving book. I am recommending it to my friends and
at all my speaking engagements. Also, my sons, now
13 and 15, will be encouraged to read it as they
get into their later teens and tackle coming-of-age
personal issues.And thank you for caring and compassion.
You may be a trained killer, bu t your life journey
has crafted you into a warrior with heart ,the kind
of male hero we need a lot more of in our society.
and Expert on Media Literacy Author of Screen