Crucial Books About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In my interview with David J. Morris, the author of The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, we talked a bit about the reams of literature that he looked at in order to write the book. Memoirs of human struggle: war, rape, and the future all shaped the thinking behind Morris’ work. (He also mentioned that there has never been a cultural history discussing what role rape has played in our times, although the research and information is out there.) I wanted to share some of his picks, along with some new books, that wrestle with PTSD from novel angles.


Dispatches, Michael Herr

This 1977 classic of war reporting was one of the first books to look unflinchingly at the Vietnam War. Herr, a reporter for Esquire, produced a book that shows the hell that men go through. Morris said: “That was the only book that came with me every time I went to Iraq.”