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The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ ❮BOOKS❯ ✸ The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle ✮ Author J. Glenn Gray – Selected for the 2019 Commandant's Professional Reading List J Glenn Gray entered the armyWhat warfare does to us and an examination of the reasons soldiers act as they do Gray explains the attractions of battle the adrenaline rush the esprit de corps and analyzes the many rationalizations made by combat troops to justify their actions In the end Gray notes “War reveals dimensions of human nature both above and below the acceptable standards for humanity”. Gray a WWII veteran reflects on the experience and psychology on this thoughtful if somewhat hit or miss book Clay weaves diary entries and letters into his argument and he presents really profound and compelling experiences through these sources This is one of the first major works of combat psychology although it is really of a philosophy book because there's not much genuine psychology in hereThere were a number of points in this book I thought were fascinating One was the difference between comrades and friends Gray argues that most people are capable of forming comradely relations because this is essentially bonding over a specific purpose and necessity Comradeship reduces the individual into the group making him capable of fighting and surviving In contrast he argues that most people struggle to create friendship because friendship maintains or even enhances the individual personality in its connection to others It reuires a much stronger sense of self Those who can't create friendship will often miss wartime terribly because comradeship was the closest they ever got to deep connections with other peopleMost of Gray's points rely on inherent logic anecdotal evidence and his own experience rather than systematic evidence He's deeply a part of mid 20th century social psychology and you can see the influence of Freud Hoffer and Fromm on his work In other words a lot of his points just hang in the air without much evidence to back them up as do the work of these other psycho philosphers For example I don't really buy Gray's conclusion about what it will take to end war He finds the origins of war in the appeal of war as a spectacle and meaningful collective and individual experience to those who lack meaning in their own lives He argues uoting Nietzsche that people need to morally decide to prefer vulnerability to other rather than being hated or feared in order to destroy war He also contends that people who get meaning out of human relationships will no longer find war appealing family work art etc will not find war appealing I think this argument completely ignores the geopolitical factors that cause war Moreover it also ignores the fact that people will fight to protect the meaningful aspects of his life There is a strong argument to make that people are becoming anti war and that war is less freuent today but I don't think Gray has found it Still as a preliminary exploration of the soldier's social and psychological experience of war this is an important and interesting book

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N France Gray saw service in North Africa Italy France and Germany in Warriors Reflections on PDF #197 a counter espionage unit Fourteen years after his discharge Gray began to reread his war journals and letters in an attempt to find some meaning in his wartime experiences The result is The Warriors a Warriors Reflections on Men in ePUB #200 philosophical meditation on. I had read this book as a textbook while an undergraduate but it was wasted on me then It was just words Now as a slightly mature adult in my 50s who has served in Bosnia and a couple of times in Afghanistan it had resonance I re read it over Memorial Day weekendI was struck by a couple of things The first was the depth and complexity of his entries in his war journal Amazing that he had the time and discipline to keep up with itAnother was that soldiers are fundamentally unchanged Despite circumstances that could not have been different than the type of total war he experienced many of his observations ring true today On the other hand I was struck by the callous disregard for human life that he was exposed to daily and thought how different that was from the way war is fought now at least by the USA I think he'd have been amazed at the amount of effort spent on minimizing collateral death when striking a target and the idea that the population IS the target at least kinetically is long gone We also take measures at great cost in money and logistical support to protect our soldiers like dedicated support from heavy bombers for a small tactical unit that reflect the shift from draftee soldiers being expendable cogs in an industrial war machine to precious professional assets that are spent sparinglyI didn't agree with everything in this book and I daresay several veterans of WWII would disagree with some bits too But his observations and conclusions are a product of his experience and perceptions of war or life for the poor civilians who happen to live there in a combat zone are different for every person there The lens through which experiences are viewed is also different based on culture education and personality Ultimately I agreed a lot than I disagreed with his conclusions and I understand his viewpoint even when I disagreedThere's so much This is a relatively short book But it will stay in your thoughts long after you finish it

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The Warriors Reflections on Men in BattleSelected for the Commandant's Reflections on MOBI #241 Professional Reading List J Glenn Gray entered the army as a private in May having been drafted on the same day he was informed of his doctorate in The Warriors PDFEPUBphilosophy from Columbia University He was discharged as a second lieutenant in October having been awarded a battlefield commission during fighting i. An excellent read if you are in any way interested about the psychology of soldiers in war Gray had a PhD in philosophy when he was enlisted as a private in WWII and this book is a work of both psychology and philosophy He discusses WWII and the soldiers in it frankly openly and objectively as possible; none of the good war bullshit For the time he was writing in the 50s some of his conclusions are surprising and prescient As a veteran myself Gray gave a specific and clear voice to many things I could only vaguely identify about my own Ira experience I checked this out from the library but will be buying a copy to flip through again