x, 500 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : 25 cm
Follows the enlisted from basic training to discharge or death. Drawing upon hundreds of narrative accounts, it reveals how soldiers confront the possibility of death; the mental and social conditioning to fight in battle; and the anguish of the death of comrades
Includes bibliographical references and index
Soldier and the state -- Who serves -- Soldier's journey -- Costs of war -- Love, sex and war -- Kill or be killed: live and let live -- Killing your own -- the death penalty -- Killing your own -- friendly fire -- Military versus the media -- Is there a need for war?