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What It is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
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Oct 30, 11

bookshelves: biography, memoir, literature, non-fiction, philosophy
Read in October, 2011

This short book of reflections on Marlantes' experiences as a Marine in Vietnam and the aftermath of his time in Vietnam is profound, a reflection on what war does to young people, and what our society did to combat veterans after the returned to Vietnam. Marlantes shares deep insights and hard-won wisdom. This book should be required reading for all policy makers, especially the civilians who cavalierly send young people off to war, but it's invaluable to anyone who knows a returned combat veteran. Marlantes is unflinching in relating his experiences and emotions, making this at times a painful read, but an extremely valuable one.
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