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The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle Selected for theCommandant s 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 philosophy from Columbia University He was discharged as a second lieutenant in October , having been awarded a battlefield commission during fighting in France Gray saw service in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany in 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 philosophical meditation on what 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


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10 thoughts on “The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle

  1. Jimmy Jimmy says:

    I had never heard of this book before, but it was a great study of men in combat J Glenn Gray was drafted on the same day he received his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University in May 1941 He was discharged as a


  2. Naeem Naeem says:

    The very best thing I have read on the attractions of war come from this book Gray fought in WWII, survived, went to graduate school in philosophy, and decided to write a book I suspect that Chris Hedges War is a Force that G


  3. John John says:

    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 slightlymature adult in my 50s, who has served in Bosnia and a couple of times in Afghanistan, it hadresonance I re re


  4. Robert Robert says:

    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 t


  5. Christaaay Christaaay says:

    Poignant and revealing about the soldier s experience before, during and after warfare Very helpful for writing in a soldier s POV, in fact I m just reading short selections, but I bought it to keep on hand for moments when I m struggling to get into m


  6. Joseph Stieb Joseph Stieb says:

    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


  7. Tom Tom says:

    I read this ages ago in college, and found it evenmoving when I reread it recently Gray essentially makes the same argument that Simone Weil does in her famous essay The Iliad or The Poem of Force Where Weil states that force turns combatants into things stone, Gray say


  8. Steve Woods Steve Woods says:

    This book is outstanding It is rare for soldiers to have the capacity to reflect so deeply on their experience in war Most lack the tools, the insight or the inclination The resultant impact on identity is so overwhelming that it fells everything leaving no room much for reflect


  9. Andrew Davis Andrew Davis says:

    A discourse on war by a participant of the Second War in Europe, who was also a philosopher An introduction by Hannah Arendt adds the gravity to its contents Based on his war time diaries the author discusses a number of aspects concerning the war He discusses the enduring appeals of bat


  10. Dan Downing Dan Downing says:

    I have lost track of who recommended this to me a debt I owe Mr Gray served in WWII, having received, in May 1941, both his Greetings letter and his notification he had been granted his Ph.D Fortunately for us, he not only survived but kept a journal during his Army days He draws on it to aid the


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