What it is Like to Go to War

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W. F. Howes Limited, 2012 - Large type books - 336 pages
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Karl Marlantes left University at 22 to serve in the Vietnam War. Matterhorn was the bestselling novel based on his experiences. Now Marlantes takes us back to Vietnam, but this time there is no fictional veil. It is part exorcism of Karl's own experiences of combat, part confession, part philosophical primer for the young man about to enter combat. It is also a devastatingly frank answer to the questions 'What is it like to face death?' and 'What is it like to kill someone?'

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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

A straight through read/listen because it was just that good. Author explains the development, employment and reflection of himself as a warrior. Then, he reflects upon solutions that could be ... Read full review

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Well written scenes from his Vietnam experience, but his philosophising/moralising about what it all means lack depth and turned me off. The Vietnam war seems somehow marginal now; didnt solve any ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Karl Marlantes grew up in Seaside, Oregon. He was a National Merit Scholar, attended Yale University, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He received the Navy Cross, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts and ten Air Medals. His first book, Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, was written in 1977, but wasn't published until 2010. His other work, What It Is Like to Go to War, was published in 2011.

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