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On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dave Grossman

Narrated By: Dave Grossman

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: June 2009

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes


The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.

Upon its first publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent crime rates, suicide bombings, school shootings, and much more. The result is a work that is sure to be relevant and important for decades to come.


  • Timothy R

    Colonel Dave Grossman has given an enormous contribution of insight, experience and education to his readers. His dedication to his work and the work of others sited in the book and in his other books will contribute tremendously to our societies change for good.

  • jason simmons

    A very good and insightful read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I've heard him speak and was not surprised at the book. Glad he narrated it as well. Highly recommend for an current military, law enforcement, or almost anybody that wants to gain an idea of how are military or law enforcement experiences combat.

  • Jackie Vance

    Very thought provoking. Hearing actual accounts of battle engagements from various wars makes me shutter. Also want to take all battle video games from my grandsons.

  • Brian Sneeringer

    Wonderful for those who need to understand their personal struggle with killing in combat

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