The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle (Paperback)

The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle By J. Glenn Gray, Hannah Arendt (Introduction by) Cover Image
By J. Glenn Gray, Hannah Arendt (Introduction by)
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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 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.”

Praise For…

"A superb study of modern combat man, and his relationship to death, and his thoughts about it."—Chicago Sunday Tribune

"[A] classic."—Philip Caputo, Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780803270763
ISBN-10: 0803270763
Publisher: Bison Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 1998
Pages: 242
Language: English