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Why men fight

American combat soldiers in Vietnam

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  • The American Soldier: Combat and Its Aftermath by Samuel A. Stouffer (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1949) is a sociological classic of the analyses of empirical data drawn from massive surveys conducted among servicemen during World War II by the Research Branch, Information and Education Division, War Department.

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  • Up Front by Bill Mauldin (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1945) contains the tragicomical cartoons of World War II’s “Willie and Joe” along with a perceptive discussion of combat from the viewpoint of the average G.I.

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  • The Warriors by J. Glenn Gray (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1959) is a philosopher’s recollections of the experiences of warfare.

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  • Men Against Fire by S.L.A. Marshall (New York: William Morrow, 1947) contains after-battle interviewing to assess combat tactics.

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Moskos, C.C. Why men fight. Trans-action 7, 13–23 (1969).

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