What It's Like to Go to War
In a compelling narrative, Karl Marlantesauthor of the blockbuster Vietnam War novel Matterhornweaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings.
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
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After the warrior returns home from the initiation of combat, he becomes a member of “The Club” of combat veterans. It has always been a club with its own secrets and its own and societally-imposed rules of silence. Traditionally, it has been a club tied in with the mystery of gender because being a warrior was tied in with manhood. This ancient mystery combined with the silence forms an intriguing and powerful combination for attracting future members, particularly boys. You don’t join this cl...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
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
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
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
I had put this on my to-read list after reading a review of the book that earmarked it as one of the best insights into the modern-day warrior mind that the reviewer had ever read. Although I can’t say I’ve read every book in this genre in order to make that comparison myself, I can say that this book—and Marlantes’ pers...more
This is a great piec...more
I was so pleased when I heard I had won this book. It took me a few days to read but that was because I needed time to let each bit I had read sink in. Some parts were harder than others but only because my heart ached for the soldiers. In my life I have heard stories from teachers, family and friends who honorably served in different branches of the military, however nothing compares to the sheer hones...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
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
My main fear was that this book would glorify war and combat but, though it does discuss some very ugly truths, I didn't feel that it was glorifying anything. Yes, the author saw plenty of combat in Vietn...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
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.