I apparently read Lt. Col. Grossman's books out of order, but On Combat was the first one that I was exposed to. As I generally listen to books via Audible, as opposed to reading them lately, I was at first put off by his voice as he read the book himself. What I found though was that he has an interesting cadence to how he speaks, and obviously knows what he wants to emphasize.
Out of the gate, the first chapter caught my attention because it went into the physiological effects of what happens to our bodies when we got through life and death scenarios. His first chapter or two was dedicated to the urination and defecation that occurs at surprisingly high levels of military and law enforcement personnel that were involved in deadly encounters... and even more interesting, the general idea that it is something to be ashamed of.
I found the middle of the book to be a bit long winded about the correlation between video games and mass shootings. While I understand the points that he makes, I find the correlation and causation to be a bit of a stretch. And my personal opinion is that it's an offshoot of the whole Gun Rights debate with arguably even less occurrences of deadly violence.
What I did find fascinating was discussions on things like vasal constriction, pupil constriction and tunnel vision, the lack of blood during an encounter, and things like that. Our bodies are amazing, and Lt. Col Grossman does a great job of trying to dissect what is occurring to our bodies during these stressful encounters.
Have you noticed yourself looking at your body differently, or have you been through a life threatening situation and recognize some of the concepts in the book?