…”Achilles in Vietnam” by Jonathan Shay, MD. The book was highly recommended by my pal Budd, who knew Shay from high school. Shay went on to become a psychologist who worked with Vietnam vets suffering from PTSD. His approach in writing about them is to compare and contrast our military’s and our society’s treatment of combat veterans who have suffered loss, grief and rage with that of the Greeks, as recounted by Homer in “The Iliad.” The Greeks seem to have done it better.
The book did not have as powerful and effect on me as it did on Budd, but I learned a thing or two or three or four. You could spend your time a lot less wisely than reading it.