This is a beautiful book. It's a war book for those who don't like war books, poetry for those who don't read poetry, an inspirational tale for those who don't read self-help. It's amazing and powerful... a must-read.
This is a book for those who missed the Vietnam war--not the sights and the sounds or the T.V. views but the blood,guts,horror,and the feel of looking down the barrel at a victim of circumstance whose never going to make it to their next moment--the low down on how to get it done-especially after seeing one of your friends bite the dust--I'm not kidding-don't read this book unless you're into getting the job done--it's not for those who want to sit in front of the fireplace for a nice calm read--with a pipefull compared to a Vince Flynn book--it's not so much glamour and bravado as the soldiers"let's get it done"
This book, and Tim O'Brien's others, should be read by a lot of Americans, so that they will recall the experience of Vietnam. Iraq may overshadow their thoughts presently, but Vietnam should be remembered, and this first-hand account of American boys at war in a strange foreign land will help memory.
WOW!! This book gave me a whole new respect for our men and women in uniform ... both past and present. It's a good and quick read, but also sometimes it is difficult to read and comprehend what the author is trying to get across. I think this is a book that you need to read once ... wait a bit and then reread it and you'll get different things out of it the second and third times.
very good book....set in the Viet Nam era...but pertenant to our current travesties also. One mans view of how he got thru his days of combat....seeing the ordeal from the inside of one soldiers head....not thru the media. East read book....worth your time ...especially if you have a loved one in the military.