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What it is like to go to war

Author: Karl Marlantes
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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 this narrative, the author weaves accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings from Homer to the Mahabharata to Jung. He talks frankly about how he is haunted by the face of the young North Vietnamese soldier he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Personal narratives
Named Person: Karl Marlantes; Karl Marlantes; Karl Marlantes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Marlantes
ISBN: 9780802119926 0802119921 9780802145925 0802145922
OCLC Number: 707253630
Description: xii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Temple of Mars --
Killing --
Guilt --
Numbness and violence --
The enemy within --
Lying --
Loyalty --
Heroism --
Home --
The club --
Relating to Mars.
Other Titles: What it's like to go to war
Responsibility: Karl Marlantes.


In 1968, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty Marines who would live or die by his decisions. In this book,  Read more...
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Karl Marlantes has written a staggeringly beautiful book on combatwhat it feels like, what the consequences are and above all, what society must do to understand it. In my eyes he has become the Read more...

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