My dad had me read this when I was a senior in high school and considering joining the marines. Even had Dave Grossman autograph it for me "To Billy. Hoorah! Dave Grossman" Cracks me up thinking about it.
It was an excellent book that I could not put down. Goes into how the military and other security type forces are trained to kill, but only recently trained how to deal with the effects of killing. Sent the book to a few buddies of mine who ended up going overseas.
Excellently written, I encourage anyone who is thinking about joining the military, or any security or police force for that matter, to read this book or its brother book, On Combat.
This one was interesting and a surprisingly fast read. It gets into the training and creation of soldiers, how their actions effect (sp?) them and how we seem to be rolling this out to our kids. Now, the pieces on the soldiers was neat and I've liked to see more on the neuropsychology on PTSD and stress, but it educated and could be useful for any author, GM or gamer working on characters that are soldiers. I did not like how it got preachy near the end, but he did bring up points that may need to be considered.
Author is a Lt. Col in Army Reserves, professor of military science, and has done extensive research on psychological effects of combat and the act of killing another human being. He explores effects of combat on PTSD, and effects of violent videos on childrens attitudes towards violence.