[The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray

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review The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle Read & Download ´ 7 Free read Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · J. Glenn Gray Selected for the 2019 Commandant's Professional Reading List J Glenn Gray entered the army as a private in May 1941 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 1945 having been awarded a battlefield commission during fight. 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 Gives Us Meaning performs a similar function In the Western canon this line of thinking comes from Hegel See especially DP Verene s chapter Hegel s Account of War in Hegel s Political Philosophy Problems Perspectives edited by Z A Pelczynski Hegel argues that war will never end so long as the warrior continues to be a viable human identity What Hegel Hedges and Gray ask is what ualities in the identity of a warrior attract us What aspects of war draw our ethical yes ethical desires To answer these uestions Gray has chapters on the following the aesthetic spectacle of War the creation of camaraderie and the opportunity to sacrifice one s life for a larger purposeTo treat war as a regrettable aspect of the human condition to treat it merely as a part of us that has gone wrong is 1 to not take war seriously 2 therefore to offer palliatives for deep social wounds and 3 to perpetuate the hidden culture that secretly and not so secretly valorizes war What Hegel Hedges and Gray do instead is to admit and face head on how war attracts us galvanizes us and gives our lives substantial meaning Then and only then do they begin to offer a diagnosisThe writing is beautiful but one must labor through this book because initially the terrain seems so foreign If we accept the familiarity of this new country then we return to it again and again

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The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle

review The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle Read & Download ´ 7 Free read Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · J. Glenn Gray Ing 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 exa. 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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review The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle Read & Download ´ 7 Free read Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · J. Glenn Gray Mination 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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    J. Glenn Gray · 7 review Free read Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · J. Glenn Gray [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray 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 2nd Lieutenant in October

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray The very best thing I have read on the attractions of war come from this book Gray fought in WWII survived went

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray 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 a

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray J. Glenn Gray · 7 review review The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle 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 comple

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray The late Mr Gray 1913 1977 offers a uniue perspective on the effects of war for soldiers The book was published in 1959 and is about his experiences during World War II He had just received his doctorate in philoso

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray Poignant and revealing about the soldier's

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray review The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle Gray a WWII veteran reflects on the experience and psychology on this thoughtful if somewhat hit or miss book Clay weaves di

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray I read this ages ago in college and found it even moving when I reread it recently Gray essentially makes the same argument that Simo

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray Free read Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · J. Glenn Gray 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 reflection Gray's Doctorate in Philosophy no doubt provided a framework for him that most others lack and he kept a detailed diary to help the process when eventually when

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    [The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle] E–pub ´ J. Glenn Gray Part essay part memoir this spare elegant book on the psychology of war will stay with me for a long time Perhaps because the author has his doctorate in philosophy I found his uest to describe the reasons why we

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  • Paperback
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  • The Warriors Reflections on Men in Battle
  • J. Glenn Gray
  • English
  • 15 February 2020
  • 9780803270763