An Intimate History of Killing: Face-To-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare

Synopsis

Presents an unromanticized and chilling look at men at war, and revises many long-held beliefs about the nature of violence and the behavior of soldiers. Asks what kind of men make the best killers, and how soldiers cope with the horrors they witness and the atrocities they are ordered to commit. Material is drawn from letters, diaries, and reports of veterans of the two world wars and the Vietnam War. Combatants in these wars share their experiences of killing and reveal themselves as individuals transformed by conflicting emotions. Includes b&w historical photos.