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Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay On Killing by Dave Grossman What It is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes Military Neuropsychology by Carrie H. Dive deep into Jonathan Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Jonathan Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in. America. Richard Blucher, Department of International Studies, The Norwegian Military Academy, PO Box.

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Shortages of all sorts — food, water, ammunition, clothing, shelter from the elements, medical care — are intrinsic to prolonged combat, if for no other reason than enemy attacks on the army’s logistical support services.

To a scholar who stands outside the experience of war and your reviewer is a prime example of suchthe depth of Achilles’ grief and rage makes most sense in a sexual context.

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At first glance, this veteran appears simply to be contrasting a competent company commander with his incompetent replacement. May 20, Janell Rhiannon rated it it was amazing. Very intense depictions of modern PTSD copied verbatim from transcripts with the vets. The fortitude of soldiers under such conditions, for example during the siege of Dien Bien Phu or Khe Sanh, is legendary. Good binding with NO apparent loose or torn pages. In recent wars, this s Shay’s account of PTSD among Vietnam veterans is eye-opening to the horrors faced by soldiers both during and after the war.

Surpasses The Iliad, or the Poem of Forceachilless is very good, in every way – it’s not even in the same ballpark. This is a somewhat difficult book to review, but I would go so far as to say this is an absolute must-read for understanding combat trauma.

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I was coming around a stand of grass and heard noise. All together, these form a moral world that most of the participants most of the time regard as legitimate, “natural,” and personally binding.

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Although I appreciate that the author includes Muslim in this grouping, what he seems to actually mean is Abrahamic religion. Through his reference to an ancient Greek battle he has been able to show the commonality of the soldiers’ experience and through contrast to point up issues that were fundamental and potent in the mental and emotional trauma inflicted on veterans during the Indo China war. This book is a tour de force of psychological analysis and literary criticism. Or, you might find your pass to town canceled at the last moment because, you finally remember, a few days ago you asked a question during the sergeant’s lecture on map-reading that he couldn’t answer.

American society at large reacted to returning Vietnam veterans with such a massive lack of understanding that many of them were unable to return to anything like a normal life or to recover from what they suffered.

There were times when we’d rather use their weapons than our own.

Great condition for a on book! In Vietnam men were not able, as Achilles was, to withdraw physically from combat. The grey-eyed goddess Athena said to him: During the Second World War, the Army ground forces had a full colonel tot every enlisted men; in Vietnam there was a colonel for every enlisted men.

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Want to Read saving…. The obviousness of many of Shay’s points, like that above, is one of the most striking things about the book. When men started to collapse from dehydration in the heat, an officer’s plea for emergency resupply was heeded: No one can conclusively answer these questions today.


I recently accepted a fellowship in the treatment of PTSD among combat veterans and decided to read Dr. Like Derek Summerfieldhe also argues against labeling and patronizing treatment.

Simon and Schuster, Not so with this one. It is a viscous liquid in which everything looks strangely refracted and moves about in odd ways, a powerful corrosive that breaks down many fixed contours of perception and utterly dissolves others.

But he speaks not only to them. A lot of medals came down from it. This book is strong antidotal medicine for those who are prone to generalize about what makes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD a universal phenomenon among afflicted combat veterans, rather than a conflict-specific condition.

Books by Jonathan Shay. Without an accurate conception of danger we cannot comprehend war and cannot properly value the moral structure of an army. Judith Lewis Herman, Harvard Trauma Conference We begin in the moral world of the soldier — what his culture understands to be right — and betrayal of that moral order by a commander.

If American career officers in Vietnam did not share the risks of combat, cultural and institutional factors, rather than personal cowardice, were primarily responsible for this. The following narrative, which contrasts a respected company commander with his successor, illuminates both obvious and hidden dimensions of the fiduciary relationship: