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Karl Marlantes [Matterhorn: A Novel of the Viet Nam War] returns with What It is Like to Go to War. His new book is a nonfiction, philosophical, historical, memoir and reflection on his days as a Marine in Viet Nam. Frankly, I have never read anything quite like this book and suggest that anyone who is concerned for the country or has a friend, son, daughter, brother, sister, or lover who has experienced battle (virtually or otherwise) will find it very helpful. This book is beautiful, gut wrenching, and deeply moving. Marlantes has done us all a great service and has shown great courage in revealing his personal story. He has rewarded us many times over for his thoughtful analysis and reflection on war and what it means to the human spirit. The sections on how to welcome the veteran home and to help one with post traumatic stress are worthy of group discussion. I hope that this book gains a wide readership immediately. It is, in my view, going to become a classic of the genre. Please make time for this book. Bronson Pinchot's narration is excellent.
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Would you consider the audio edition of What It Is Like to Go to War to be better than the print version?
Yes,it succeeds on an emotional level that you miss in print.
What was one of the most memorable moments of What It Is Like to Go to War?
Very thought provoking. The part on "NUMBNESS" is so true and insightful.
Which scene was your favorite?
The TOTALITY of thought about the oral experience will bring a curious person who has never "BEEN THERE" as close as they will ever come to the experience of being THERE.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes- made me face my experience and cried at the epiphany....
Any additional comments?
Everyone should read it. Especially those people thinking of joining the military.
I think it should be required reading for high school students.
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