What It Is Like to Go to War
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From the author of the award-winning, best-selling novel Matterhorn, comes a brilliant nonfiction book about war
In 1968, 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 What It Is Like to Go to War, 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. Marlantes weaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings—from Homer to The Mahabharata to Jung. He makes it clear just how poorly prepared our nineteen-year-old warriors are for the psychological and spiritual aspects of the journey.
Just as Matterhorn is already being acclaimed as acclaimed as 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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Why we go to war.
An excellent book. I was a corpsman in VN in '68. A good Lt., like the author, was hard to come by. I am now a professor of surgery at a University in the Midwest War is hard on all. .
What It Is Like To Go To war
I highly recommend this book. It gives you pause to think about the tragic consequences of war and the responsibility of the society who sent their young to consider how to bring them home not only physically but morally and emotionally. I agree with the author there is a time to have warriors defending us but we also, as a society, have an obligation to heal those who defended us. Great book to discuss and consider it's lessons. Geo.
A management read
Non-veterans, like myself should read this, particularly those who might get into management or government leadership. I have had veterans in my organizations with problems and incidents that I would have handled differently. New recruits would benefit also to counter the development of killing skills with an appreciation of the enemy and civilian casualties. I have new appreciation for the wages of military engagement whether in wartime or not, on both ends of the weapon.