By Jonathan Shay
Publish yr note: First released in 1994
An unique and groundbreaking publication that examines the mental devastation of struggle via evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans being affected by post-traumatic pressure disorder
In this strikingly unique and groundbreaking ebook, Dr. Shay examines the mental devastation of struggle by way of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans being affected by post-traumatic rigidity disease. even if the Iliad was once written twenty-seven centuries in the past it has a lot to coach approximately strive against trauma, as do the newer, compelling voices and reports of Vietnam vets.
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The PFC had a name now, not that it mattered since, other than by rank, last names gave way to nicknames anyway. His, he said, was Breeze. Not really a religious man, Breeze was covering his bet with the purchase of the Bible at the airport, like the ten-spot he’d put in the church collection plate on Sundays instead of going to confession on the Saturday evening before. ” Even though Beal knew the PFC’s nickname, he wasn’t about to recognize him in that way. “New guy, new guy, new guy,” Beal said rubbing his eyes.
If you mean here as in Bien Hoa, maybe four hours or so. ” I turned to see what he was watching but didn’t see anything other than the loading operation. Turning back to the soldier, I noticed that he seemed beat for only five months. My face must have revealed what I was thinking because he smiled and shook his head. “I know it doesn’t seem like all that long, but for some, new guy, five months is a lifetime. Like for those guys,” he said, pointing to the transport plane. “Which guys? ” “No,” he said quietly.
At 4:30 in the morning, it was time for us to be introduced to the uncertainties of Vietnam. We began with a one-mile run and added a mile each day until we reached the five-mile goal. On the second day we were supplied with rucksacks in which we’d carry a thirty-pound sandbag. That, and the weight from our rifles and web gear, provided the weight we needed to get used to carrying in the jungle. All totaled, it weighed nearly sixty pounds, which Staff Sergeant Mitchell said would only be part of the weight we’d have to carry.
Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay