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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors

Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Richard Aurbach, January 19, 2012

The best way to understand and appreciate the insanity of war and of the so-called leaders who deliberately put others in harms way is to experience it yourself. The next best way is to read a book that is so realistic and immersive that it makes you believe you are there while you are reading it. This book is amazing. You will never think about Vietnam or war or military leaders the same way again.

These days, we are all about honoring the troops while questioning the war we put them in. Back in the '70s, we didn't seem to see that distinction as clearly. But after you've lived with the troops, been put in impossible positions and asked to do impossible things -- which you will when reading "Matterhorn" -- you'll realize how misguided out attitudes to returning soldiers were in the Vietnam era and you'll wonder how anyone could return from such an experience WITHOUT PTSD.
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