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Author Shay, Jonathan.

Title Achilles in Vietnam : combat trauma and the undoing of character / Jonathan Shay.

Imprint New York : Scribner, 2003, ©1994.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    616.8521 SHA    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First Scribner trade paperback edition.
Description xxiii, 246 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-236) and index.
Summary From the publisher: In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.
Contents PART I: Betrayal of "What's right" -- Shrinkage of the social and moral horizon -- Grief at the death of a special comrade -- Guilt and wrongful substitution -- Berserk -- PART II: Dishonoring the enemy -- What Homer left out -- Soldiers' luck and God's will -- Reclaiming the Iliad's gods as a metaphor of social power -- PART III: The breaking points of moral existence: what breaks? -- Healing and tragedy -- Conclusion.
Subject Homer. Iliad.
War neuroses.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Psychological aspects.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veterans -- Mental health -- United States.
War -- Psychological aspects.
ISBN 0684813211
0689121822 (pbk.)
9780689121821 (pbk.)

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