The Warrior Ethos

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The Warrior Ethos is a 2011 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.[1][2] He relates several examples from history from the stand of the Spartans at Thermopylae to the defeat of the inner vices as described in the Bhagavad Gita.[3][4]

Pressfield does not define a warrior as a specific martial profession, but broadens it to embrace anyone who faces a conflict they must overcome through trial and effort. There is a warrior code that is unwritten but seems to be almost universally understood by various warrior cultures around the world. If the code is embraced, it seems to claim any enemy can be conquered, both internal and external.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Broadway, Beth (May 23, 2015). "Can the warrior spirit find new expression?". National Catholic Reporter.
  2. ^ Blake, John (Mar 9, 2013). "Two enemies discover a 'higher call' in battle". CNN.
  3. ^ "Book Discussion on The Warrior Ethos". C-SPAN. Jun 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Patrick O'Shaughnessy's Summer Reading List For July 2015". ValueWalk. Jul 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #55: The Warrior Ethos with Steven Pressfield". The Art of Manliness. Dec 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Housel, Morgan (Jul 14, 2015). "Short Investing Philosophies". The Motley Fool.
  7. ^ Kreuzer, Michael P. (Sep 24, 2015). "Examining Future Of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles And Remotely Piloted Aircraft – Analysis". Eurasia Review.

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