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What it is like to go to war /

by Marlantes, Karl.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press : distributed by Publishers Group West, c2011Description: xii, 256 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780802119926 :; 0802119921.Title notes: $25.00 9-2011 (db)Other title: What it's like to go to war.Subject(s): Marlantes, Karl | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American | Veterans -- Mental health
Contents:
Temple of Mars -- Killing -- Guilt -- Numbness and violence -- The enemy within -- Lying -- Loyalty -- Heroism -- Home -- The club -- Relating to Mars.
Summary: In his memoir, Marlantes relates his combat experiences in Vietnam and discusses the daily contradictions warriors face in the grind of war, where each battle requires them to take life or spare life. He also underscores the need for returning veterans to be counseled properly.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From the author of the award-winning, best-selling novel Matterhorn , comes a brilliant nonfiction book about war <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br>

$25.00 9-2011 (db)

In his memoir, Marlantes relates his combat experiences in Vietnam and discusses the daily contradictions warriors face in the grind of war, where each battle requires them to take life or spare life. He also underscores the need for returning veterans to be counseled properly.

Temple of Mars -- Killing -- Guilt -- Numbness and violence -- The enemy within -- Lying -- Loyalty -- Heroism -- Home -- The club -- Relating to Mars.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. xi)
  • 1 Temple of Mars (p. 1)
  • 2 Killing (p. 6)
  • 3 Guilt (p. 48)
  • 4 Numbness and Violence (p. 61)
  • 5 The Enemy Within (p. 80)
  • 6 Lying (p. 114)
  • 7 Loyalty (p. 134)
  • 8 Heroism (p. 155)
  • 9 Home (p. 176)
  • 10 The Club (p. 208)
  • 11 Relating to Mars (p. 220)
  • Afterword (p. 255)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 257)

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Library Journal Review

Yale- and Oxford-educated Marlantes (Matter-horn) served as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam and here presents his very personal and emotional musings on the nature of war, courage, and all the multiple and often contradictory emotions one endures in combat. His point is that while we prepare our warriors in the technical and tactical aspects of war, we do not prepare them for the emotional toll that it will exact from those who survive. Bronson Pinchot reads with a relatively soft and understated baritone that is actually quite engaging. He becomes, in this performance, Marlantes-recalling incidents of combat and the horror and exhilaration that one withstands. Public, academic, and military libraries should purchase. ["Humanizing, empathetic, and wise, this reading experience will light corners in the human experience often judged dark," read the review, also starred, of the New York Times best-selling Atlantic Monthly hc, LJ 9/15/11.-Ed.]-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Lynchburg (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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