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ISBN13: 9780767904438
ISBN10: 0767904435
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During the Vietnam war, Tim O'Brien spent a year in the U.S. infantry. As a result, he wrote If I Die in a Combat Zone (Box Me Up and Ship Me Home), an account of his experiences there. He doesn't spare us the terrible particulars of this piece of our history: it's what has made us; it is us; and it's the story that we continue to tell ourselves. War is the engine of horror and dead souls from which we do not seem to be able to part.
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TIM O’BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the Pulitzer finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, The Things They Carried; the acclaimed novels Tomcat in Love and Northern Lights; and the national bestselling memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone. His novel In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. In 2010 he received the Katherine Anne Porter Award for a distinguished lifetime body of work and in 2012 he received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2013.

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Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award in Fiction for Going After Cacciato. His novel The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. His two most recent novels, In the Lake of the Woods and Tomcat in Love, were national bestsellers.

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megcampbell3, July 22, 2007 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
Deceptively simple language. Straight forward story-telling. Layers of actuality, written after the fact, looking back. Men. War. Boys. War. Home. Responsibility. Self. Idealism. Others. Geography. Wounds. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. This is the memoir of one of our most important writers. On par with great literature, this book will never fail to have something important to show us through the ages. Upon multiple readings, another layer will always be revealed. If I Die in a Combat Zone Box Me Up and Ship Me Home is a perfect book about an imperfect history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767904438
Author:
O'Brien, Tim
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Personal narratives, american
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
O'Brien, Tim
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Military
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.12x5.30x.61 in. .42 lbs.

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During the Vietnam war, Tim O'Brien spent a year in the U.S. infantry. As a result, he wrote If I Die in a Combat Zone (Box Me Up and Ship Me Home), an account of his experiences there. He doesn't spare us the terrible particulars of this piece of our history: it's what has made us; it is us; and it's the story that we continue to tell ourselves. War is the engine of horror and dead souls from which we do not seem to be able to part.

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