What It is Like to Go to War
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Matterhorn, this is a powerful nonfiction book about the experience of combat and how inadequately we prepare our young men and women for war.
War is as old as humankind, but in the past, warriors were prepared for battle by ritual, religion and literature--which also helped bring them home. In a compelling narrative, Marlant...more
A few caveats to add context to my review of the book:
1) I won this book through Good Reads.
2) I am a civilian.
3) I am a US citizen.
4) I am an opponent of the vast majority of wars that we have participated in.
5) I am a counselor; the counseling p...more
Marlantes gives not only a "this is the way it is" narrative, but also a rather in depth philosophical look at the way American boys are (or...more
I have deep respect and empathy for the young men and women from all over the world who make incredible sacrifices sometimes sacrificing their own lives to fight wars, our wars.
Karl Marlantes a Vietam War veteran, a Marine very eloquently and with amazing depth explores just how little preparation young warriors receive in terms of how their minds and their spirits will heal...more
Marlantes reveals in this non fiction book what you no doubt already suspected, that much of his fiction was based on truth and at times, danced very close to being an exact blow by blow of events.
Many who know me on Goodreads, know that I lay my heart on the table in my review of Karl Marlantes...more
Marlantes provides a riveting account of what it is like to be sent to war and points out how ill-prepared our young men are. Previous generations spent years preparing warriors. Modern Americans should and could do mo...more
However, I found that I just couldn't get through this book. It read very slow with lofty psychological language (and I even have my BA in P...more
First, I appreciate that the author is writing about something he knows first hand about. (I get upset when people write or talk about something they have never experienced.) I felt Marlantes' experience was explained appropriately and held my attention without being over the top in bloody details.
Second, I want to thank all veterans who have served our country in the past and pre-thank...more
He makes recommendations for changes in our military structure and training to better prepare the young men who will be asked to kill others for us. I rem...more
I suspect that my issue with the book are...more
I’ve been hearing that combat veterans experience Marlantes’ book as life giving, and that many combat veterans have experienced it as a true life saver. I can see how that is so. Marlantes is open and honest about his eg...more
I want you to know that this is one of the most important books of our time. I want you to read this book. If you know a combat veteran, you owe it to them to read this book. Karl Marlantes Karl Marlantes account of his time in Vietnam and the decades afterwards is a profound statement that puts war, all wars, into perspective for those who haven't experienced them first hand.
Marlantes, in 250 pages, describes the horror and thrill of combat and the effect it has o...more
My goal this year has been to get a better understanding of the challenges our service-members face, both on and off the battlefield. Today’s book was a recommendation from the author of another book I read recently. This particular book was a little bit memoir, a little bit educational, a little bit historical, but very emotional. The author, Karl Marlantes, was a Marine Lieutenant during Vietnam. This book takes readers through the seemingly opposing in...more
One of the best parts of the book was when he wrote about how he had a "Death Mass" in a church that help liberate him from his guilt and pain from the Vietnam War.
It should most certainly should be read by every combat veteran and every in coming serviceman and woman in the military. It'd be a good book for Police Officers...more
Marlantes was a Marine Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. Well educated (Yale, Rhodes Scholar) and quite literate, he writes about his journey to understand his experiences, the after-effects, and his reaction to his service in Vietnam.
This is a great piec...more
To say that it is a meditation on war and warriors does not do it justice. It's evident that for Marlantes, writing about his experiences as a young Marine lieutenant in Vietnam was a spiritual and psychological exercise. But more than that, he warns us how ill-prepared our warriors are spiritually, psychologically, and morally for the horrors of w...more
I recommend watching the Bill Moyers interviews with Joseph Campbell before reading this book. (Netflix) It will give you a greater understanding o...more