A Terrible Love of War

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Penguin Press, 2004 - Psychology - 256 pages
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From world-renowned psychologist and bestselling author of The Soul's Code, a profound examination of the roots of man's primal love/hate relationship with war.

War is a timeless force in the human imagination-and, indeed, in daily life. If recent events have taught us anything, it is that peacetime is not nearly so constant and attainable as wartime. During the 5,600 years of recorded history, 14,600 wars have been fought-2 to 3 for every year of human history. War is a constant thing. And yet no one really understands why that is.

In A Terrible Love of War, James Hillman, one of the central figures in psychology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, fills this great void and undertakes a groundbreaking examination of the origins, needs, and rewards of war. Moreover, in this brilliant inquiry, Hillman explores many other essential questions, such as:

€ Is war a necessary part of our human soul and, therefore, a necessary part of our lives?
€ Why do we need enemies?
€ What scars does warfare carve on the psyche of its soldiers? And why does it have such a permanent effect?
€ If war is such a "normal" part of our existence, why do we fear it so much? And alternately, how could we ever embrace a force so destructive, so wanton, and so inhuman?
€ Can the impulse to engage in war be tamed?

Hillman asserts that "if we want war's horror to be abated so that life may go on, it is necessary to understand and imagine." A Terrible Love of Waris a crucial tool to understanding war-a crucial book for us all.

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User Review  - Rodo Sofranac - Goodreads

Not as depressing as it sounds, if you claim to strive for peace. As the author says, “War is first of all a psychological task….the first principle of psychological method holds that any phenomenon to be understood must be sympathetically imagined.” Read full review

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User Review  - Shelly - Goodreads

excellent....and interesting indictment of philosophers and theologians whom hillman thinks have 'dropped the ball' on analyzing war. Read full review

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James Hillman has written more than twenty books, including The Force of Character, Re-Visioning Psychology (nominated for a Pulitzer in 1975), and The Soul's Code, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 1996. He is an internationally renowned lecturer, teacher, and psychologist and has taught at Yale, Syracuse, and the University of Chicago.

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