Author bio

Jonathan Shay

Jonathan Shay - book author

Jonathan Shay is the author of books: Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, The Benefits of Tomato, Combat Stress Injury: Theory, Research, and Management, Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury and Just War, Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War, Voices in Wartime Anthology, Continuing Actions: A Warrior's Guide to Coming Home, Losing Tim: The Life and Death of an American Contractor in Iraq, Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories--Life After Iraq and Afghanistan

Author books


In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.
In this ambitious follow-up to Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the Odyssey, the story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life.

Seamlessly combining important psychological work and brilliant literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's greatest classics.
Combat Stress Injury represents a definitive collection of the most current theory, research, and practice in the area of combat and operational stress management, edited by two experts in the field.

In this book, Charles Figley and Bill Nash have assembled a wide-ranging group of authors (military / nonmilitary, American / international, combat veterans / trainers, and as diverse as psychiatrists / psychologists / social workers / nurses / clergy / physiologists / military scientists).

The chapters in this volume collectively demonstrate that combat stress can effectively be managed through prevention and training prior to combat, stress reduction methods during operations, and desensitization programs immediately following combat exposure.
Armies know all about killing. It is what they do, and ours does it more effectively than most. We are painfully coming to realize, however, that we are also especially good at killing our own "from the inside out," silently, invisibly. In every major war since Korea, more of our veterans have taken their lives than have lost them in combat. The latest research, rooted in veteran testimony, reveals that the most severe and intractable PTSD--fraught with shame, despair, and suicide--stems from "moral injury."

But how can there be rampant moral injury in what our military, our government, our churches, and most everyone else call just wars? At the root of our incomprehension lies just war theory--developed, expanded, and updated across the centuries to accommodate the evolution of warfare, its weaponry, its scale, and its victims.

Any serious critique of war, as well any true attempt to understand the profound, invisible wounds it inflicts, will be undermined from the outset by the unthinking and all-but-universal acceptance of just war doctrine. Killing from the Inside Out radically questions that theory, examines its legacy, and challenges us to look beyond it, beyond just war.
With the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, once again America's men and women who have seen war close-up are suddenly expected to return seamlessly to civilian life. In Flashback, Penny Coleman tells the cautionary and timely story of posttraumatic stress disorder in the hope that we can sensitively assist those veterans who return from combat in need of help, and the families struggling to support them.
Modern warriors are extremely well prepared to go into battle. But we don't know anything about how to come home.
The challenges of coming home after combat have always been part of a warrior's journey. Unfortunately, the modern warrior's preparation for combat does not include any information about how to overcome them--or even that they exist at all.
This gap in our preparation leaves us open to predictable, and avoidable, injuries when we return home that can be just as lethal as actual combat. Closing this gap is what Continuing Actions is all about.
Drawing on the works of mental health professionals, scholars, and other veterans, Continuing Actions shows that warriors have always had to face challenges when coming home, explains how these challenges impact us on multiple levels, and how our training and preparation have left us, and our families, exposed to needless suffering. It goes farther than just identifying the problem, however, and offers pragmatic solutions for how each individual veteran can overcome this gap in their training on their own.
With a Foreword by Dr. Jonathan Shay, bestselling author and esteemed leader in PTSD research and treatment, Continuing Actions is a guidebook for veterans and active duty alike. It is a reconnaissance into the most misunderstood aspect of the modern warrior's experience: the challenges of coming home.
This compelling and timely collaboration between photographer/writer Jim Lommasson and American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars presents Lommasson s portraits and interviews as well as soldiers own photographs from the war zones. The stories expressed in words and in images are intimate, profound, and timeless. In their own words, 50 men and women speak their truth about these wars what they saw and what they did. They talk about the wars impact on themselves and on their loved ones at home as well as on the Iraqis and Afghanis caught in the crossfire. They talk about why they went to war and how the war came home with them. Our soldiers need to tell their stories, and we need to listen."