Hedges poses dozens of questions that young soldiers might ask about combat, and then answers them by quoting from medical and psychological studies.
â¢ What are my chances of being wounded or killed if we go to war?
â¢ What does it feel like to get shot?
â¢ What do artillery shells do to you?
â¢ What is the most painful way to get wounded?
â¢ Will I be afraid?
â¢ What could happen to me in a nuclear attack?
â¢ What does it feel like to kill someone?
â¢ Can I withstand torture?
â¢ What are the long-term consequences of combat stress?
â¢ What will happen to my body after I die?
This profound and devastating portrayal of the horrors to which we subject our armed forces stands as a ringing indictment of the glorification of war and the concealment of its barbarity.
About: A distinguished New York Times journalist provides a sobering look at the physical and psychological implications of war and utilizes a question-and-answer format to address such issues as the actual experience of warfare, the symptoms of a nerve agent, fear, how it feels to kill someone, what it is like to live in combat, and more.
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