If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home

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Broadway Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 209 pages
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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels, and to explore the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong. Beautifully written and searingly heartfelt, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a masterwork of its genre.

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A good read for a student to gain useful insights ... - Goodreads
It was easy to read, and brutally honest. - Goodreads
If you grieve, you will love his writing. - Goodreads
O'Brien has a great way of writing. - Goodreads
O'Brien is a gifted writer; he's always worth reading. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Roderick - Goodreads

It's Tim O;Brien for chrissake!! Read full review

Review: If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

OK, it is considered a classic and it is a good read, but I wasn't bowled over either. I am sure that some of the adulation came from his being one of the first to really describe firsthand the experiences in Vietnam. It is well written and revealing. Read full review

Contents

Days
1
ProPatria
11
Beginning
16
Nights
24
Under the Mountain
32
Escape
51
Arrival
69
Alpha Company
79
My Lai in May
115
Step Lightly
122
Wise Endurance
133
July
148
The Lagoon
163
Dulce et Decorum
169
Another War
179
Hearts and Minds
187

Ambush
85
The Man at the Well
99
Assault
101
Mori
112
Courage Is a Certain Kind of Preserving
190
Dont I Know You?
205
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About the author (1999)

TIM O'BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the Pulitzer finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, The Things They Carried; the acclaimed novels Tomcat in Love and Northern Lights; and the national bestselling memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone. His novel In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. In 2010 he received the Katherine Anne Porter Award for a distinguished lifetime body of work and in 2012 he received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2013.

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