Book Review of The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried
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This is a wonderful, well-written book that should be required reading for everyone. It truly takes the reader inside the Vietnam War and makes those of us who weren't alive during that time understand what the people involved went through- before, during and after the war. It was an atrocious tragedy but a reality of American history that needs to be remembered and understood. I imagine the things that happened in this book are still happening in wars/to our soldiers today which is just another reason that everyone should read it.

I took a writing class a few years back and the teacher read to us from this book and recommended that we all read it. Aside from being an important commentary on the history of our country, it's also a beautiful piece of writing from one of our very best contemporary American writers.