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Steven Pressfield's "The Warrior Ethos": One Marine Officer's Critique and Counterpoint

Steven Pressfield's "The Warrior Ethos": One Marine Officer's Critique and Counterpoint

  • Title: Steven Pressfield's "The Warrior Ethos": One Marine Officer's Critique and Counterpoint
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  • ISBN : 9780991557202
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 124 pages


While serving a tour in Afghanistan in 2013, I came across Steven Pressfield s 2011 monograph The Warrior Ethos, at the top of a list of books that the Commandant of the Marine Corps had made mandatory reading for all Marines Having enjoyed several of Pressfield s historical novels before, I was looking forward to this latest volume, but was shocked by what I discovered While serving a tour in Afghanistan in 2013, I came across Steven Pressfield s 2011 monograph The Warrior Ethos, at the top of a list of books that the Commandant of the Marine Corps had made mandatory reading for all Marines Having enjoyed several of Pressfield s historical novels before, I was looking forward to this latest volume, but was shocked by what I discovered a rambling mixture of Laconophiliac hero worship, Eastern mysticism, and pop psychology As a leader and an officer, I was so concerned by the disturbingly misogynistic and backwards looking nature of this book that I found myself obliged to write a critique to explain the book s glaring deficiencies, but soon realized that such a critique would only be half of what was needed just as important would be a counterpoint to illustrate the nature of a Warrior Ethos suited for the Information Age than the Bronze Age Pressfield wrote his book in an attempt that was as well intentioned as its outcome was mistaken to define and promulgate a Warrior Ethos meant to help guide young presumably American fighting men and women along the path to success Unfortunately, his principles, if followed to the letter, would likely result in personal and professional failure This book has been written to accomplish Pressfield s intended purpose but I propose a much different moral compass than the honor bound, shame based relic of dead cultures that my counterpart has offered up, and this book represents my effort to suggest a useful way forward in considering what sort of ethos modern warriors of all ages, ranks, and nationalities may find beneficial in the years to come


Author Edward H Carpenter




Steven Pressfield's "The Warrior Ethos": One Marine Officer's Critique and Counterpoint Reviews (5)

  • I received this book as a winner in the Goodreads Giveaway, and as such, feel compelled to write a review as stated in the terms and conditions Since this book contains a critique of Pressfield s book, which I read a couple years ago, I decided to reread it, so it would be fresh in my mind when read [..]

  • Why this book I lead a volunteer reading group for young men early in the pipeline to become SEALs or SWCCs Special Warfare Combatant craft Crewmen We pick relatively short books related to the profession they are entering, and we meet and discuss them I had read several of Steven Pressfield s books [..]

  • Don t botherReally not worth the read At the end of the book Carpenter decides the problem is not enforcing the code of ethics the marine corps, or any other warrior organization has but that he has the solution for the ultimate code of ethics. [..]

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