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What It Is Like to Go to War

Marlantes, Karl (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
What It Is Like to Go to War


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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.
Authors: Marlantes, Karl
Title: What it is like to go to war
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press :, distributed by Publishers Group West,, c2011
Characteristics: xii, 256 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Karl Marlantes
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.
Alternate Title: What it's like to go to war
ISBN: 9780802119926
0802119921
Branch Call Number: 959.7043092 M347w 2011
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Having served in Vietnam I can totally relate to what Marlantes is trying to say. I listened to him on television giving an account of what happens then and later. Some of the things he said made me go, "wow", that has happened to me too after I came back. I applaude Marlantes.

Report This Mar 06, 2012
  • Kirbs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

True to it's title, and so much more. Marlantes bears his heart, grief, bravado, shadow, and brilliant insights to gird the loins of warriors confronting battles, both on the frontlines and at home. A master class in human behaviour.

Report This Dec 20, 2011
  • Poodles rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Marlantes' experiences during the Vietnam war are fascinating, but his New Age and men's movement pseudo-psychology are off putting. He makes a few strong points to recognize and not repress aggression in children and his suggestion for greater psychological support in the military makes sense. Unfortunately the book does not really tell you what it is like to go to war; perhaps a more fitting title would be What it is like to have been to war.

"Widely praised as one of the best novels written about the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes's 2010 debut, Matterhorn, was packed with heartrending scenes inspired by his experiences as a young Marine. In What It Is Like to Go to War, Marlantes reveals the intimate details of the real-life moments he fictionalized for Matterhorn and skillfully deploys them to support his call for a paradigm shift in how we prepare soldiers for combat." --Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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