Mysteries of Motive

October 2007
Military History;Oct2007, Vol. 24 Issue 7, p25
The article ponders on the mysteries of motive. Today, people have accumulated an enormous body of knowledge both inside and outside the military about individual motives and behaviors, about small-group cohesion, about the dynamics of leadership. Absent a self-evident motive, a detailed, self-analytical diary or a post-operation interview, there may be no answer that satisfies historians who are reaching back from our own hyperanalytic age across the generational and cultural divide.


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