What It Is Like to Go to War (Compact Disc)

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As with his award winning first book, Matterhorn, Marlantes succeeds in giving a comprehensive and harrowing look at what it is like to live continuously in imminent danger of losing your life through violent and sudden means. He shows the consequences of war for young warriors, both physical and psychological. Marlantes makes the point that our young warriors should be used only when the objective is clear and compelling, with a reasonable plan for both execution of the conflict and withdrawal.  He believes it is the responsibility of the society that arms and deploys fighting troops to provide guidance for the warrior, to prepare them for what they are about to encounter.  Marlantes’ opinions are formed from personal experience.  As a 23 year old kid he was dropped into the jungles of Viet Nam in charge of a group of young Marines who would live or die based on the soundness of his judgment.  It is a burden he still bears. This is a thought provoking book that should be read by everyone.

 

— Deon Stonehouse

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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From the author of the bestselling and award-winning Matterhorn comes a brilliant nonfiction book about war and the psychological and spiritual toll it takes on those who fight. "I wrote this book primarily to come to terms with my own experience of combat. So far--reading, writing, thinking--that has taken over thirty years." 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: 9781455114115
ISBN-10: 1455114111
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: August 30th, 2011
Pages: 7
Language: English