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  • Author:
    Richard Holmes
  • ISBN:
    0029148510
  • ISBN13:
    978-0029148518
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  • Publisher:
    Free Press; 1 edition (August 4, 1989)
  • Pages:
    464 pages
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    Humanities
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Although Holmes' book is subtitled "The Behaviour of Men in Battle," it goes far beyond that. Richard Holmes was Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science.

Although Holmes' book is subtitled "The Behaviour of Men in Battle," it goes far beyond that. See this thread for more information.

This book's subtitle, "The Behavior of Men in Battle", is a misnomer, for it is really a wide-ranging and lengthy description of what happens to men from the time they are recruited until they are discharged as combat veterans. He discusses items as central to his subject as training, motivation, and casualties to those as remote as rituals, use of alcohol, and "Dear John" letters.

Acts of War" examines the behavior of men under fire by using a combined ogical approach . Holmes has been accused of defaming and minimizing the role of women in combat. It's an unjustified accusation.

Acts of War" examines the behavior of men under fire by using a combined ogical approach to the institution of soldiering. Acts of War" is a complementary prelude to similar works such as "The Savage Mind", "On Aggression", and "On Killing". Holmes, thankfully, doesn't propogate the "Marshall-myth" premise that most troops will refuse to fire their weapons when engaged with the enemy. Female combatants are the exception to the rule, not the norm, and their historical contribution has been sensationalized.

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Manufacturer: Free Press Release date: 4 August 1989 ISBN-10 : 0029148510 ISBN-13: 9780029148518.

The reality of what it is to be a soldier, by Britain's foremost military historian.

In putting his book together, Holmes interviewed veterans of both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the Arab-Israeli conflicts. Their firsthand reminiscences reveal both the similarities and differences that have marked 20th-century attitudes toward warfare. The author also re-creates the more distant past by examining an extraordinary mass of military memoirs.

Uses interviews and historical accounts to analyze the combat experience, discusses the impact of fear, fatigue, and danger on soldiers, and examines our fascination with war

Rollers from Abdun
Beautifully written, thoughtful book filled with lots of insights on men at war. Much of it is admittedly ancedotal, though the anecdotes are well chosen and from varied historical periods, but his information on soldiers returning from the Falkland War was based on detailed questionaires and dovetails nicely with other material in the book. If you seek to understand why men fight, why they sometimes show incredible bravery and sometimes unexpected cowardice, why they sometimes show mercy at odd moments and sometimes commit atrocities, this book is a must read. His information on the use of women, drugs, and alcohol as eternal palliatives for warriors is most interesting as is the unusual regard animals are held in war. Soldiers may have long since ceased to weep over dead comrades, but they will do so freely at the loss of a stray dog adopted as a mascot, or in World War, I over the mass deaths of horses. This book has great humanity, but it is still a fine work of serious scholarship.
X-MEN
While it was a bit tedious at times, the book contains some great information on how soldiers have reacted in war just about since wars began. Seems while our weapons have changed over the years, how soldiers act and feel. when in cobat has remained the same, pretty much
Like the book jacket reads, it shoud be "must read" for all members of congress.
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Tom Peters
Thetalen
This was a gift for my hubs. He really enjoyed it. The book itself was used but was in great condition. Great Buy!
Gamba
I bought two (2) books for my husband. It was amazing how much he enjoyed them and how much he learned.
Ttyr
Whether intentional or not, this book's audience is the former or current military member. But if you have read and enjoyed works such as the first two volumes of "Roots of Strategy", you should have no trouble following this book.

The author successfully shows that military personnel have mixed feelings about war. Although he addresses behavior in the midst of battle, the author seems more interested in the views about war held by those outside war itself, i.e., those who had not yet experienced it and those who were looking backward in retrospect. How those people felt in the midst of the madness is almost certainly different from how they anticipated or how they adjusted their feelings afterwards. I think this "flavor" derives from his personal-interview-and-historical-research approach. I do not see this as a negative but rather staying within his scope of knowledge and expertise.

The review titled "Flawed work of a historian with no sociological credibility" seems too harshly critical. Perhaps this reviewer expected a highly technical, in-depth psychological approach. As a note: page 58 cites S.L.A. Marshall as stating that only "some 15 per cent of American infantrymen fired." True, the subject of women in the military is barely broached. However, in all fairness, the author never pretends to have extensive knowledge about how women react in battle and simply doesn't go there. Perhaps that is a deficiency of character, but not of the book. I get the feeling that this review didn't find what he wanted and then "skimmed" the book without thinking into what was being presented.

Although now much more interested in peace studies, I enjoyed reading this book. I found a number of passages that shed light on where I have been and where I seek to go. I don't see this as a pro-military book although at times it may seem so. I characterize it as an honest endeavor to address and understand some of the difficult questions that most of us have concerning death and killing in war-time.
Danrad
This book's subtitle, "The Behavior of Men in Battle", is a misnomer, for it is really a wide-ranging and lengthy description of what happens to men from the time they are recruited until they are discharged as combat veterans. Holmes draws from interviews, written accounts, memoirs, psychological studies, and other varied sources to examine the experiences of the individual soldier. He discusses items as central to his subject as training, motivation, and casualties to those as remote as rituals, use of alcohol, and "Dear John" letters. The book is perhaps too focused on the Anglo-American experience, and ideas are often presented uncritically. Yet the scarcity of works covering war and military life from the individual perspective will make this one worthwhile for some time.
Lucam
book was atrocious. don't waist your time. hours i will never get back.
I write this review because it seems that most reviews are written on the basis of the theories or ideas of the author confronted to others the reviewers prefer.
I am not an expert in militar books, I just bought this book because I picked it from a shelve and I thought I would like to read something about the subject of human behaviour in war.
I found it deep, well writen and fairly interesiting. I have recommended it to frequent business literature readers and they also loved it and found in it new views of human behaviour under maximum stress circumstances.
From an average man point of view, not expert in militar literature, I think it is a must read.