on November 16, 2011
What a pity, when unprepared people try to judge a superb work of literature. Marlantes' What It's Like to Go to War is a profound, disturbing and highly intelligent work on the subject that not many of us know anything about. It is a superbly written, brutally honest account of what it means to be a soldier. Necessary read for everybody: soldiers, military families, civilians but politicians in particular. The marvel of a book.
on November 9, 2015
What struck me most was the eloquence of the author. Told with tremendous insight , this is not a "blood and gore"
novel, but instead focuses on the effects of the combat experience and PTSD.
It was recommended to me by a friend and former Marine who served in Vietnam
A riveting read
on August 30, 2014
With reference to the review by Katarzyna I could not have expressed my sentiments any clearer or better. This is an incredible book that ALL can benefit from reading and meditating upon. It should be a MUST read for psychologists and psychiatrists, especially those who deal with the effects of extreme stress, no matter what the cause. It is an eye opener into one's own mind and psyche and, at the age of 74, probably the most valuable book that I have had the honour to read.
on October 24, 2011
Karl Marlantes book the Matterhorn was better in my opinion as it was more of what I was looking for with a detailed narration of what it was like to be in the Vietnam War. This book was good but I thought he borrowed some from his earlier book but it still had new firsthand play by play about his time in Vietnam as a soldier. I personally am obsessed with this American war and all it entailed as I grew up watching it on the TV news broadcast with Walter Cronkite nightly in Canada. Fascinating time with the music, the drugs, the hippies, the draft and the average soldier's age of about 17 or 18 and what they had to face with their innocence on the line. Tragic, the lives lost.