Just got done reading it, and it’s a powerful read and short, to boot: 90 pages.
Woth the time and money because it puts into words for many people, whether or not they’re active or former military or are trying to form Neighborhood Protection Teams against what many believe is coming soon: SHTF and WROL scenarios.
Development of the Warrior Ethos will go far in helping overcome what some call, “adversity.”
Pressfield starts out by immediately saying, “What is the Warrior Ethos? Where did it come from? What form does it take today?
This volume is my attempt to address these questions. The book makes no claim to provide an ultimate, definitive answer. It’s just one man’s thoughts and observations on the subject.”
Very honest opening, to be sure.
He addresses the increasingly popular notion of ‘tribe’ from an anthropological and historical perspective, noting both good traits, as well as traits that lead, historically, to tribal extinction, such as the tribes perpetual state of war with all other tribes or outside entities.
Then he gets into the meat of how the Warrior Ethos is developed, using many historical and cultural examples, always contrasting the true Ethos against the criminal elements that adopt several traits but stop short of true honor.
Self-sacrifice for the good of fellow warriors or that which is being protected; suffering adversity to gain perpetual fraternity; courage and love (yes, love) for the man standing next to you are all dealt with in a manner that vailidates and inspires. From the first, as he describes Spartan culture, you will become engrossed.
All in all, this book was worth the hour or so reading, and gets a 5 star rating from DTG. You can get your Kindle copy on Amazon or get a hard copy. Either way you wont’ go wrong.