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On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: August 2013

Duration: 18 hours 43 minutes


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-bame, 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 looks at the critical importance of the debriefing, when warriors gather after the battle to share what happened, critique, learn from each other and, for some, begin to heal from the horror. The listener will learn a highly effective breathing technique that not only steadies the warrior's minds and body before and during the battle, but can also be used afterwards as a powerful healing device to help separate the emotion from the memory. Concluding chapters discuss the Christian/Judeo view of killing in combat and offers powerful insight that Lt. Col. Grossman has imparted over the years to help thousands of warriors understand and come to terms with their actions in battle. A final chapter encourages warriors to always fight for justice, not vengeance, so that their remaining days will be healthy ones filled with pride for having performed their duty morally and ethically. This information-packed audiobook ploughs new ground in its vision, in its extensive new research and startling findings, and in its powerful, revealing quotes and anecdotes from top people in the warrior community, people who have faced the toxic environment of deadly combat and now share their wisdom to help others.
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.


  • Stacy T

    Brilliantly written by Ret. Lt.Col Grossman. I couldn't put it down. NO other book has helped me to understand myself and lift the veil of shame and regret. I am proud to be an American, warrior, mother and guardian of the sheep, WHOA! Thank you Colonel.

  • jason s

    Ltd College. Grossman is a very intelligent man. I love his books and have attended his seminars. I'd highly recommend a live seminar or book.

  • kati jones

    Back in 2009, I was a boot corpsman getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines. I remember this book being passed around and I eventually got the chance to read it. Having never experienced combat before, I was skeptical about some of the things written in the book. Surely, some of the stuff seemed exaggerated, however, most of it seemed like useful information for someone who was trying to get in the mindset of being in combat. Once in country, I slowly began experiencing some of the things Col. Grossman had written about. There were still some things like time slowing down and auditory shutoff that I had yet to experience and I began to become skeptical about. That changed late in my deployment when my squad was ambushed at close range by a significantly larger force. I came home from that deployment trying to make sense of what I had gone through over the last 7 months. I had a lot of trouble trying to get over what had happened and had to decided to go back and listen to this book. This book has helped to give me the tools to understand not only what I went through but also how to deal with the "puppy" when he comes to visit. Col. Grossman's work in this book and also in "On Killing" is something that I recommend for any warrior who has trouble trying to make sense of what happened in combat.

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

by Loren W. Christensen, Dave Grossman

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On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace, Loren W. Christensen, Dave Grossman