The Mind Of War

The Mind Of War

by Sid Gould


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The Mind Of War focuses on the psychological impact of military conflict from the real experiences of a soldier who served with the British Army during the first Gulf War. As a young army recruit, the author was sent to the Middle East as a Battle Casualty Replacement at the age of 17 and served with the Army War Graves Service. His work included the recovery and burial of the remains of fallen soldiers, both British and Iraqi, from the desert battlefields.
The psychological affects of daily exposure to such carnage are rarely publicised, as very few soldiers are able to talk about the horrific experiences they have encountered during active service. The author is an exception, and his true story offers a disturbing, yet thoroughly absorbing insight into how the human mind is affected by repeated exposure to gruesome battlefield scenes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479305292
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

At the young age of seventeen Sid joined the British army, ten years later he joined the New Zealand army. Completing twenty years service he had served in many conflcits around the world and was awarded many medals, commendatioons and awards. Then he dabled as a chef, moved onto to gold ming and is now a cowboy.

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SheilaCE More than 1 year ago
  Many books have been penned about war. For many who have never experienced a battlefield, they are moments of clarity into a situation we could never have imagined. Others, usually  soldiers often find a camaraderie in the words of a stranger that knows intimately about their experiences.  The Mind of War is that kind of book. Written by a soldier, the words are rough, harsh, and brutal - like war. Told in first person, the novel is more than a memoir, more than a journal, it is a no holds barred examination of men at war.  The author, Sid Gould was a normal kid growing up in Australia. A small town boy with a proud family history of service. He grew from a scared and somewhat bullied kid, to a fighter, to an arrogant teen that got into trouble to a rough soldier, and eventually, after many struggles, he became  a man true to himself.  Few books, particularly those written as a first person account are a well articulated as The Mind of War. From the first chapter you will want to know what becomes of the boy struggling to find his way in the world, and you won't leave until you know that the soldier is safely home. 
ECowboy More than 1 year ago
I simply could not put this book down. The Mind of War is an insight into the experiences of a young man and his exposure to the decimation and brutality of war. The book is about the Army War Graves troop, an exclusive group of soldiers whose task it was to clear up the aftermath of high explosives and modern weapon systems verses the human body. This book is written with a sense of belonging but despair, immunity but vulnerability, trepidation but immense courage. It acts as an insight that non-PTSD sufferers rarely experience and written in such a way that it's like you've known Sid all your life. I must read for military and non military alike. Fantastic.