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The Soldier

by Moore, Darren

The Soldier: A History of Courage, Sacrifice and Brotherhood investigates the burdens that soldiers are asked to bear by their respective societies, examines the context in which these burdens occur, and discusses the coping measures that enable soldiers to carry on. Topics include: how soldiers confront the possibility of their mutilation and death; the mental and social conditioning that enable soldiers to kill in battle; the anguish of killing your own comrades, whether this be deliberately through the application of the death penalty, or accidentally, as result of fratricide; the effect of denying soldiers regular social interaction with women in the context of the relationship between sex, love and war; and the ‘trial by media’ faced by modern soldiers in relation to their decisions and actions on the battlefield.

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"    …a coolly dispassionate, historical examination of what it is to be a front-line soldier, from the Napoleonic Wars to contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan….a fine work of military history. It deserves to do well."


Reviews: War Books Review

"This powerful book provides a timely reminder of the debt we owe our servicemen and women. It should be read by all those who seek to understand the fear and confusion of the battlefield and especially by the politicians who put our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen in harm's way."


Reviews: Andrew Roberts

"An intriguing look at the emotion, psychology and politics that underpin soldiering… This is essential reading for any military leader or practitioner."


Reviews: Soldier Magazine

"This is a very rich book that thoroughly explores the psychology and behaviour of the soldier on the frontline."


Reviews: Military Illustrated

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