The Psychology of War: Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness
LeShan tells how perceptions of war are managed by "mythicizing" rulers and propagandists. Using last year's Persian Gulf War as a touchstone, he illustrates how, in order to alter our perceptions of war and warfare, we have to adjust our perception of its "reality". "How good it would be if every legislator and cabinet member read and took to heart the practical suggestions . . . LeShan has for making peace planning as potent as war planning".--Hugh Downs.
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The Human Attraction to War
War and the Perception of Reality
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