June 2018 Non-fiction Biteback Publishing

War Games: The Psychology of Combat Leo Murray

Paperback | Jun 2018 | Biteback Publishing | 9781785903519 | 304pp | 210x150mm | GEN | AUD$19.99, NZD$24.99

Three stories run through this book. One story comes from a collection of eyewitness accounts of combat. Intense, personal and often laced with dark humour, this story ties readers to the experience of combat. It encourages readers to see war through a soldier's eyes.

The main body tells the second story. This describes the hard science of tactical psychology, from its basic components to its most compelling effects. Each chapter comes with a key fact, examining for example; the strength of aversion to killing, the number of artillery shells or rifle bullets needed to pin down a unit and the extent to which combat degrades rational thought.

These facts are linked to build through the book. Together, they provide a complete picture of how soldiers react to combat and how wars can be won by understanding the way enemy soldiers think. The third story is woven through the scientific themes and tied to the eyewitness accounts. It tells how the author was sucked into a secretive world of fighters and thinkers. 

War Games is a fascinating insight into how the human mind operates in combat situations.