The Warrior Ethos

The Warrior Ethos

Steven Pressfield / May 25, 2019

The Warrior Ethos WARS CHANGE WARRIORS DON T 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 onl

  • Title: The Warrior Ethos
  • Author: Steven Pressfield
  • ISBN: 9781936891009
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • WARS CHANGE, WARRIORS DON T 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 takWARS CHANGE, WARRIORS DON T 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.

    Warrior Ethos Army Values The following is the Warrior Ethos I will always place the mission first I will never accept defeat I will never quit. The Warrior Ethos Steven Pressfield 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. The Warrior Ethos The Warrior Ethos The Warrior Ethos is a non fiction book by American author Steven Pressfield It is a unique style narrative in which Pressfield contemplates the nature of the warrior code and the rules by which a warrior, even a metaphorical one, must follow. The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield 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 The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield, Paperback Barnes Overview 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 The Warrior Ethos Steven Pressfield The Warrior Ethos Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Comment Name Email will not be published Website The Warrior Ethos by Stephen Pressfield Book Review If you read The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield and are not inspired, this book was not written for you in the first place This well written explanation of the mentality behind history s greatest fighting cultures teaches about the warrior lifestyle and also urges the reader to embrace it. The Warrior Ethos eBook Steven Pressfield 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. Warrior Ethos Free Essays studymode Warrior Ethos The Warrior Ethos is a book that analyses warrior cultures from the past and present From Adam and Eve to the Spartans and U.S Marines, Steven Pressfield expresses the Warrior Ethos in so many different ways because there is no definitive answer. Warrior Warrior A warrior is a person specializing in combat or warfare, especially within the context of a tribal or clan based warrior culture society that recognizes a separate warrior class or caste.

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      • Steven Pressfield

        I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943 to a Navy father and mother I graduated from Duke University in 1965 In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin place again Forty years later, to my surprise and gratification, I am far closely bound to the young men of the Marine Corps and to all other dirt eating, ground pounding outfits than I could ever have imagined GATES OF FIRE is one reason Dog eared paperbacks of this tale of the ancient Spartans have circulated throughout platoons of U.S troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since the first days of the invasions E mails come in by hundreds GATES OF FIRE is on the Commandant of the Marine Corps Reading list It is taught at West Point and Annapolis and at the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico TIDES OF WAR is on the curriculum of the Naval War College.From 2nd Battalion 6th Marines, which calls itself the Spartans, to ODA 316 of the Special Forces, whose forearms are tattooed with the lambda of Lakedaemon, today s young warriors find a bond to their ancient precursors in the historical narratives of these novels My struggles to earn a living as a writer it took seventeen years to get the first paycheck are detailed in my 2002 book, THE WAR OF ART I have worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout and attendant in a mental hospital I have picked fruit in Washington state and written screenplays in Tinseltown With the publication of THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE in 1995, I became a writer of books once and for all My writing philosophy is, not surprisingly, a kind of warrior code internal rather than external in which the enemy is identified as those forms of self sabotage that I have labeled Resistance with a capital R in THE WAR OF ART and the technique for combatting these foes can be described as turning pro I believe in previous lives I believe in the Muse I believe that books and music exist before they are written and that they are propelled into material being by their own imperative to be born, via the offices of those willing servants of discipline, imagination and inspiration, whom we call artists My conception of the artist s role is a combination of reverence for the unknowable nature of where it all comes from and a no nonsense, blue collar demystification of the process by which this mystery is approached In other words, a paradox There s a recurring character in my books named Telamon, a mercenary of ancient days Telamon doesn t say much He rarely gets hurt or wounded And he never seems to age His view of the profession of arms is a lot like my conception of art and the artist It is one thing to study war, and another to live the warrior s life.


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    1. My review of this book will differ markedly from most. I am not a fan of the Spartans, in fact I find it inconceivable that an ethical individual can find a single redeeming feature in their society. Sparta was a militarily oriented state bereft of art, science, culture, and, for that matter, commerce. Their society survived only by a reliance on a fascist government that ruthlessly exploited and terrorised a subject population. The most indicative example of the inherent evil of Spartan society [...]


    2. I only picked up this book a year ago, because my coworker, a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps and an instructor for NROTC, told me that this book has a lot of practical insight not just on the archetype of a warrior, but on life in general. I figured "why not", and the fact that it was less than a 100 pages was attractive. This is my second time reading this book as I'm going through some major decisions in my life right now.Not only does this book look into the mindset and drive of a warrior, bu [...]


    3. Short and to the point. I read this book in a couple of hours. But in that time Steven Pressfield manages to encompass more than a decade of my life. As someone who served in the military this was a wonderful exposition on why so many choose to serve. But this book is not meant only for members, past and present, of the military. It is for everyone who has ever fought a battle, against any obstacle. Whether you fight your weight, your boss, your spouse, your own creativity. This is a book you wa [...]


    4. Pressfield finesses the warrior ethos into personal development by turning the battles into battles with yourself. Kind of a self-help fight club.


    5. This is a slender, concise book on warriors by Steven Pressfield, a man who has spent much of his life studying and writing about their ways. It is slanted toward the West and the Spartans in particular, whom are a brutal, dysfunctional bunch, albeit highly effective. This was a quick, enlightening read, but I wish Pressfield would have widened his lens to include the Samurai, Kshatriya, and the East-- cultures that embrace the spiritual path alongside a martial one. But, as his novels attest, h [...]


    6. It's important to note that Pressfield specifically states he wrote this short book for "men and women in uniform" and hopes that it can extend to those readers, like myself, who haven't experienced armed conflict.I imagine for those readers who have fought in wars there is a certain knowing to much of what Pressfield pens about the warrior code, much of which I found enlightening to read. His references, in no great detail, to many of the warrior civilisations like the Spartans were both entert [...]


    7. The most famous Spartan mother story is also the shortest"A Spartan mother handed her son his shield as he prepared to march off to battle. She said, "Come back with this or on it."That's pretty bad-ass. This book is motivating, inspiring, and thought provoking. You have to pick it up.


    8. A great book for combat veterans to read and to remember. The ethos of the tribe is impossible to remove once you have it - Pressfield clearly distills the essence of the warrior mentality. There is no Rambo.


    9. By far Pressfield's weakest book, half of it is worship of Sparta, the other half is a paen to political correctness. The Wart of Art is an infinitely better book, and covers the same ground.


    10. Why this book:I lead a volunteer reading group for young men early in the pipeline to become SEALs or SWCCs (Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen). We pick relatively short books related to the profession they are entering, and we meet and discuss them. I had read several of Steven Pressfield's books, and followed a couple of his blogs and assumed correctly that this short book would fit well in the "curriculum" I am creating for these young men.Summary in 3 Sentences:Pressfield uses the exte [...]


    11. Full review and highlights at booksx-nova/warrior-ethosIn "The Warrior Ethos," Pressfield plucks a few gems from a variety of ancient sources but adds little new. The book seems to be the result of calculated marketing acumen - "How can I recycle ancient wisdom to create a tiny book that will sell well with the military crowd?" Heavy on Alexander and the Spartans, Pressfield tosses in a few sayings of the Pashtun warriors of Afghanistan to stay relevant for his target audience. For its unyieldin [...]


    12. Very quick read. More a collection of essays and notes than a book. Here is an art of manliness podcast interview that cover most of it if you want to sample topics first. Very much in the tradition of the art of war but focuses on ethical systems from warrior societies. Heavy Greek influence but author uses other examples as well.


    13. Pressfield is incredibly deft at distilling the ancient down to an understandable relevancy for our modern times. At no point in his writing does history feel dry and static. We are transported to the most riveting and important times with ease. Remarkable gift and a sure fire good read.


    14. AmazingThe author brought incredible insight to the warrior mindset and culture. Steven Pressfield kept me thinking the entire time and, as usual, did not fail to impress with his work.


    15. Excellent A short read from one of my favorite authors on the Warrior Ethos. Pick this one up to understand what drives a warrior and how the warrior can take this spirit to conquer the inner demons.


    16. Too short but oh so poignant I was a former combat engineer who lost his way after his Fiance passed on from this realm, aging I seek a place to belong. This book has given me possibilities through my Warrior Ethos


    17. Very short and concise treatise on warrior ethics and basis for the warrior archetype; though written for members of the military, this collection of essays offers insights for non-military individuals as well


    18. Good memorial day readI grew up in a military family and a lot of this rings true. Would have liked to have seen more on bridging the transition to civilian life or expanding on non military cultures that had similar values.


    19. Pressfield condenses into 70+ pages a lifetime of study and thought. It is a work of art that can gladden an old man's heart. It can explain why I have always been slightly out of step with many around me. My ideals and goals simply have never quite synched with a culture that denigrates honor.


    20. Good stuffGreat short and informative book. Love the author. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words. Words


    21. Tasty trash.Good fun for an hour or so if you are on a train trip back home after a hard day of work in the city.Maybe it will appeal to military people. Otherwise feel free to ignore.



    22. Interesting read Love Pressfield and this was no exception. Insightful read about the need to develop and mature the warrior ethos in all of us.


    23. Another great book by Pressfield about the struggles we all endure - internal and external. And not just those who go fight wars. Great, short read. I really enjoy Pressfield's writing.



    24. Mister Pressfield never ceases to amaze me with his books, with each book I feel my awareness grow more. Thank you 🙏


    25. An interesting little read. More of a companion book to the greater -- and larger -- books on conflict, human nature, and archetypes.


    26. Good short read Wonderfully short chapters. You can simply read a page or two and be done an entire chapter yet gain so much from each one.


    27. God sets up Adam and Eve in paradise, where all their needs are met without effort. But He warns them, “Don’t go near that tree in the center of the garden.” Of course, they do. The mother and father of the human race choose to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In other words, they choose to become human. They acquire a quality of consciousness that, until now, has been the possession of God alone…Henceforth shalt thou eat thy bread in the sweat of thy face.”Stev [...]


    28. This was a short book. You can read it in a day.It has some really good stories from the Spartan army, as well as of Alexander the Great.In a way it is very much a short motivation book, one that helps in the path of self-discipline.For it's worth, I think I can repeatedly read this book and take from it motivational stories and quotes that will keep my head in the game.


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