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On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure 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. Expanding on Lt. Col. Grossman's popular "bulletproof mind" presentation, the audiobook 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.
On Combat is easy to understand and powerful in scope. It is a true classic that will be listened to by new and veteran warriors for years to come.
©2013 Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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By Daniel on 12-18-13

A solid read. Very informative and rivreting.

Where does On Combat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the top 5 of my non-fiction list. Very informative.. I don't agree with all the author's conclusions, but it's a definite must read for people who want to understand how stress affects performance. If you are a first responder of any branch or want to understand the types of stress they encounter, this should be on your reading list.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Combat?

Stories from police and military people.. Riveting.

Have you listened to any of Dave Grossman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But, a friend just gave me On Killing in paperback.. I am planning to start reading it soon.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No one particular moment.. There were many poignant moments in the book.

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By Michael B. on 05-02-17

A Warrior Family read...

A must read for any Warrior, Warrior Family, or Warrior Spouse.

Just read this with my teenage son who is about to enlist to the United States Marine Corps.

What insight regarding every component to battle. The prior, during and following affects to the warrior, and everyone that loves him! The emotional, physiological, and even the spiritual components of combat. The reiteration of the 'Sheepdog' ideology alone makes the book worth every penny!

About to read again, but this time along with my wife... a Marine Wife, and soon to be (God willing), a Marine Mom.

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By Ed on 08-18-17

Disappointed, aimed at law enforcement

Some of the content is quite interesting, however the book seems to be aimed at the "self improvement" market. Lots of uncited anecdotes, lots of inspiring language and reference to "warriors".

I personally found it got in the way of the serious research underneath. I was also annoyed by the lack of citations and proof, you had to take the author's word on it.

Lastly the author narrates the book and he's clearly not a professional. The flow and delivery just lacks polish.

Shame too, there are some really interesting claims and arguments in the book, but they're too sparsely packed within trivia.

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By Adam Sergeant on 08-01-17

Extremely useful and informative.

Where does On Combat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best factual book I have listened to thus far.

What did you like best about this story?

There is so much detail. Most other books skirt round some of the 'harder' topics, but not this one. Col Grossman leaves nothing out and if you are the sort of person that enjoys analysis, then this book is for you.

What does Dave Grossman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I listen on the way to and from work. You cannot do that with a book (legally, anyway).

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I think it would be too long for a film - generic review question?!

Any additional comments?

After finishing this audiobook, I felt compelled to e-mail Lt Col Grossman to congratulate him. Fantastic. His reading of 'Into Battle' at the start makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck.

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By Andrew on 01-29-17

A must read for anyone dealing with "warriors"

This is by far the best way to start understanding the mind of the warrior, soldier, police officer, fire, ambulance, social worker or anyone dealing with the issue of human on human violence (physical, mental, social or emotional).

Colonel Grossman has covered a lot of issues I had previously not fully understood, however his analogies make it easy for even a layman to grasp.

Definitely recommending to all of my friends who are still in the army, and their families and friends to help them understand why we do what we do every day.

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By Amazon Customer on 08-14-16

really good

awesome insight into psychology aspects of combat and law enforcement read exceptionally well by the author. should be mandatory readong for any conflict related position.

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