Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Psychology - 272 pages
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An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homerís Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homerís Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.
  

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Review: Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

User Review  - Michael Lieberman - Goodreads

Bottom Line: a graphic presentation of the suffering of our troops from a failure of military and civilian leadership and the resentment and PTSD that followed. Shay, a VA psychiatrist, presents the ... Read full review

Review: Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

User Review  - Steve Woods - Goodreads

This is a really interesting and valuable book. The author is a classicist, who is very familiar with Homer's Iliad dealing with the Trojan wars, an a psychiatrist who has had extensive experience ... Read full review

Contents

Betrayal of Whats Right
3
Shrinkage of the Social and Moral Horizon 2 3
23
Grief at the Death of a Special Comrade 3 9
39
4 Guilt and Wrongful Substitution
69
Berserk
77
What Homer Left Out
121
Soldiers Luck and Gods Will
137
9Reclaiming the Iliad s Gods as a Metaphor
149
The Breaking Points of Moral Existence
165
Conclusion
195
War is not an industrial process
204
Notes
211
3 3
233
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Jonathan Shay is a Boston-area psychiatrist whose patients are Vietnam combat veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. He is also on the faculty of Tufts Medical School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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