What It Is Like to Go to War (Audio Cassette)

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This should be required reading for not just veterans and active military, but for our politicians who send those men to war. Karl Marlantes lays himself open in this narrative of his Vietnam experience. He focuses on the impact that war had on him; its emotional, psychological, and mental effects. His deep reflection and careful analysis grant even those who haven't served the insight on the consequences of combat on an individual.
A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2011.

— Ed, Atlanta

October 2011 Indie Next List


“This is a courageous, noble, and intelligent grapple with myth, history, and spirituality that beautifully elevates the conversation on the role of the military in today's world. Marlantes volunteers his knowledge and experience (and really, his soul) to the cause of crafting the model of a just and ethical warrior in the 21st century. The long-overdue reckoning that Marlantes' novel Matterhorn deftly demanded of America is enhanced and extended with this new work. It is an emotional, honest, and affecting primer for all Americans on war and the national psyche. We ignore this book at our own peril.”
— Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“This is a courageous, noble, and intelligent grapple with myth, history, and spirituality that beautifully elevates the conversation on the role of the military in today's world. Marlantes volunteers his knowledge and experience (and really, his soul) to the cause of crafting the model of a just and ethical warrior in the 21st century. The long-overdue reckoning that Marlantes' novel Matterhorn deftly demanded of America is enhanced and extended with this new work. It is an emotional, honest, and affecting primer for all Americans on war and the national psyche. We ignore this book at our own peril.”
— Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

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In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, 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. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience. In his first work of nonfiction, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war. Just as "Matterhorn" is already acclaimed a classic of war literature, "What It Is Like to Go to War" is set to become required reading for anyone--soldier or civilian--interested in this visceral and all too essential part of the human experience.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781455114092
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: August 2011