War Books: Capt. Liam Walsh, US Army

Top Five Books Jim Frederick, Black Hearts This book should be mandatory reading for all junior officers as it shows, in painful detail, how quickly a small unit can descend into chaos given the right (or wrong) inputs. Jonathan Shay, Achilles in Vietnam Shay argues that post-traumatic stress and other war-related psychological troubles are caused by an undoing of character that results from a soldier being forced to do something that violates his or her sense of right. His comparison of Homer’s Iliad and Vietnam veterans’ experiences with trauma is truly incredible. Adrian Bonenberger, Afghan Post Truth be told, I...

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