What it is like to go to war / Karl Marlantes.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: War is as old as humankind, but in the past, warriors were prepared for battle by ritual, religion and literature, which also helped bring them home. In this narrative, the author weaves accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings from Homer to the Mahabharata to Jung. He talks frankly about how he is haunted by the face of the young North Vietnamese soldier he killed at close quarters and how he finally finds a way to make peace with his past. He discusses the daily contradictions that warriors face in the grind of war, where each battle requires them to take life or spare life, and where they enter a state he likens to the fervor of religious ecstasy. He also underscores the need for returning veterans to be counseled properly.
    • Content Notes:
      Temple of Mars -- Killing -- Guilt -- Numbness and violence -- The enemy within -- Lying -- Loyalty -- Heroism -- Home -- The club -- Relating to Mars.
    • Notes:
      Originally published in hardcover: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2011.
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • Other Titles:
      What it's like to go to war.
    • ISBN:
      9780802145925 (pbk.)
      0802145922 (pbk.)
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    • ABNT:
      MARLANTES, K. What it is like to go to war. [s.l.] : Grove Press, 2012. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 maio. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Marlantes K. What It Is like to Go to War. Grove Press; 2012. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.410909. Accessed May 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      Marlantes, K. (2012). What it is like to go to war. Grove Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.410909
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      Marlantes, Karl. 2012. What It Is like to Go to War. Grove Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.410909.
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      Marlantes, K. (2012) What it is like to go to war. Grove Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.410909 (Accessed: 23 May 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Marlantes, K 2012, What it is like to go to war, Grove Press, viewed 23 May 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Marlantes, Karl. What It Is like to Go to War. Grove Press, 2012. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.410909.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Marlantes, Karl. What It Is like to Go to War. Grove Press, 2012. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.410909.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Marlantes K. What it is like to go to war [Internet]. Grove Press; 2012 [cited 2019 May 23]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.410909


Booklist Reviews 2012 March #2

*Starred Review* A Rhodes scholar who served as a marine lieutenant in Vietnam (he left Oxford to return to active duty), Marlantes seems to exemplify what we want in our military officers. Thoughtful and articulate, he is a student of history and philosophy; he recognizes the need for armies but believes nations should undertake more soul-searching before going to war. Above all, he feels that we need to do a better job preparing soldiers (he prefers the au courant "warriors") for war and also helping them heal, physically and mentally, from war. He interleaves harrowing scenes from his own experiences in combat with the lessons he learned and his hopes for their broader application. While his often Jungian perspective may strike some readers as idiosyncratic or hard to implement, his empathy is apparent, his emotions are affecting, and his goals are admirable. Both a training manual for would-be warriors and a caution to the politicians who would deploy them, this is also essential reading for civilians who seek to better understand the complicated costs of military action. By turns horrifying and soothing, visceral and deeply profound, it's a book you'll never forget—whether you agree with it or not. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2011 May #1

Author of Matterhorn, a first novel about Vietnam that was one of last year's successes, Marlantes now offers a nonfiction account of being a 22-year-old second lieutenant trying to survive fighting in Vietnam and later trying to reconcile himself to having had to kill the enemy and watch comrades die. He argues that today's young soldiers are not emotionally prepared for war, as they once were through ritual, religion, and literature. If you care about the cost of war; with a 14-city tour.

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LJ Reviews 2011 October #2

Writing primarily to come to terms with his own experience in combat, Marlantes (Matterhorn) delivers an excruciatingly honest and insightful reflection of how a soldier subjectively processes war, death, killing, and surviving. We follow his narrative and self-examination from the Vietnamese jungle, where he fought as a marine, to coming home to a public reception as a soldier and an inward acceptance as an individual engaged in the timeless human battle. Not seeking acceptance of conflict and destruction, not a raw account bent on preaching pacifism as a substitute for war, his book instead urges us to recognize the feeling of transcendence and the psychological and spiritual intensity of war and to develop an awareness of its costs. VERDICT A gutting look into the psyche of a soldier, adding flesh to the often flat and stereotyped personage. Humanizing, empathetic, and wise, this reading experience will light corners in the human experience often judged dark.—Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI

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PW Reviews 2011 June #3

Marlantes, author of the highly acclaimed novel Matterhorn, reflects in this wrenchingly honest memoir on his time in Vietnam: what it means to go into the combat zone and kill and, most importantly, what it means to truly come home. After graduating from Yale, Marlantes attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. But not wanting to hide behind privilege while others fought in his place, he left Oxford in 1967 to ship out to Vietnam as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He eschews straight chronology for a blend of in-country reporting and the paradoxical sense of both fear and exhilaration a soldier feels during war. Most importantly, Marlantes underscores the need for returning veterans to be counseled properly; an 18-year-old cannot "kill someone and contain it in a healthy way." Digging as deeply into his own life as he does into the larger sociological and moral issues, Marlantes presents a riveting, powerfully written account of how, after being taught to kill, he learned to deal with the aftermath. Citing a Navajo tale of two warriors who returned home to find their people feared them until they learned to sing about their experience, Marlantes learns the lesson, concluding, "This book is my song," (Sept.)

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