New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2011.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by author in ink to title page. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". xii, 256pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket incased in protective archival sleeve. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of jacket. Price sticker to rear cover. Blue paper over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
From the author of the award-winning, best-selling novel Matterhorn, comes a brilliant nonfiction book about war
In 1968, 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 What It Is Like to Go to War, 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. Marlantes weaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings—from Homer to The Mahabharata to Jung. He makes it clear just how poorly prepared our nineteen-year-old warriors are for the psychological and spiritual aspects of the journey.
Just as Matterhorn is already being acclaimed as acclaimed as 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.(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #8276