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The Warrior Ethos [Kindle Edition]

Steven Pressfield , Shawn Coyne
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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We are all warriors. Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and what we believe in. Do we fight by a code? If so, what is it? What is the Warrior Ethos? Where did it come from? What form does it take today? How do we (and how can we) use it and be true to it in our internal and external lives?

The Warrior Ethos is intended not only for men and women in uniform, but artists, entrepreneurs and other warriors in other walks of life. The book examines the evolution of the warrior code of honor and "mental toughness." It goes back to the ancient Spartans and Athenians, to Caesar's Romans, Alexander's Macedonians and the Persians of Cyrus the Great (not excluding the Garden of Eden and the primitive hunting band). Sources include Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Xenophon, Vegetius, Arrian and Curtius--and on down to Gen. George Patton, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, and Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Dayan.

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About the Author

Steven Pressfield is the author of The Profession, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, The War of Art and Do the Work among others. He is a former Marine. In 2003, he was made an honorary citizen by the city of Sparta in Greece.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 232 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (14 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7JHY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steven Pressfield is a bestselling historical novelist whose books include the classic Gates of Fire, Alexander: The Virtues of War The Afghan Campaign and Killing Rommel. He lives in Los Angeles.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding The Warrior Mindset 11 July 2012
I've been moving on from the warrior mindset for some time now after reflecting that the only purpose for a warrior is to find war and battles and conflict. After all, it's what they train for, right?

But this book intrigued me as I know that Pressfield has a fond romanticism around all things military (as do I as a former soldier myself) yet I also know that he's a logical, no-BS thinker and writer who doesn't dress things up, preferring to let the actual events he writes about be seen in their 'down and dirty' reality.

I liked this book as he hit on elements of the warrior mind, the tribal connection, the difference between a gang and a unit of warriors, the hardcore codes of ethics, the care of community, attraction to hardship and more.

I can't recommend this enough for those trying to understand the warrior mind and what makes them as they are... a brilliant, if somewhat short, read.

Truth, joy and love

Dax Moy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 May 2014
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I love Steven Pressfield's novels with Gates of Fire being my all time favourite. I was not sure what to expect from this book but it is excellent. If you want to find out why some warriors break the rules and some don't then read this. The parts on tribalism are a difficult read - making you painfully aware how far the human race has failed to come in its evolution, especially in the treatment of others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight-forward, Insightful and Digestable. 7 April 2013
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Very easily read book about the warrior mindset and what really drives us as human beings, i particularly enjoyed the small impactful history lessons about the Spartans and Rommel. Short book that can be read in a afternoon and something that should be study ground for the warrior mentality.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 15 Oct. 2013
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Was very excited before i got this.. instead i got a small book, large text - talking about fictional characters
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 12 Nov. 2014
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Present so not read
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