Book Review: A Terrible Love of War

A Terrible Love of War

  • Author: James Hillman
  • Year: 2005
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
  • ISBN: 0143034928

An examination of the essence of war and human nature, split into four sections: “War Is Normal,” “War Is Inhuman,” “War Is Sublime,” and “Religion is War” (the last one inverting the expected “War Is Religion”).

This was a scholarly yet personal and philosophical look at the subject. It recognizes both the wickedness and the undeniably intriguing aesthetics of war (Patton’s martial quips, both real and cinematic, are woven throughout: there is certainly a forceful poetry about it…”God, I love it. God help me; I love it…”).

I really enjoyed it… a “food for thought” book.