What It Is Like to Go to War

By Karl Marlantes; Bronson Pinchot (Read by)
(Blackstone Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9781455114108)

Publication Date: August 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio Cassette, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“This is a courageous, noble, and intelligent grapple with myth, history, and spirituality that beautifully elevates the conversation on the role of the military in today's world. Marlantes volunteers his knowledge and experience (and really, his soul) to the cause of crafting the model of a just and ethical warrior in the 21st century. The long-overdue reckoning that Marlantes' novel Matterhorn deftly demanded of America is enhanced and extended with this new work. It is an emotional, honest, and affecting primer for all Americans on war and the national psyche. We ignore this book at our own peril.”
-- Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2011 Indie Next List


Description
In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience. In his first work of nonfiction, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war. Just as Matterhorn is already acclaimed a classic of war literature, "What It Is Like to Go to War" is set to become required reading for anyone--soldier or civilian--interested in this visceral and all too essential part of the human experience.



NPR
Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011

As a Marine in the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes learned to fire an M16, to command a platoon, to fight and to kill. In What It Is Like to Go to War, he comes to terms with the experience of combat: the guilt, the thrill and the challenge of coming home. More at NPR.org

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