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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... 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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