About this book
Using the letters, diaries, memoirs and reports of veterans from W.W.I, W.W.II, and Vietnam, Bourke forces us to face some disconcerting truths about our society. "This is an important but deeply disturbing book" "Mail On Sunday".
Using letters, diaries, memoirs and reports of veterans from three conflicts, this book aims to establish a picture of the man-at-arms. It concludes that the structure of war encourages pleasure in killing and turns ordinary people into enthusiastic killers without becoming "brutalized".