What it is like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes; 2011; $25.00; 256 pages; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, NY; 978-0-8021-1992-6; purchased at the Multnomah County Library’s Title Wave Used Bookstore; 12/10/15-12/16/15
Five years ago I read a little book by Karl Marlantes called Matterhorn about a Marine in Vietnam. It was awesome to read and I gave an A++. Shortly after that he wrote this and I just now got around to reading it. This is an awesome book that explores spirituality, morality, ethics and more. It is a guide to how we can prepare our warriors to deal with the implications of war in so many areas. He uses his experience as a Marine and others and also a vast array of classical literature to make his points.
Did I learn from it? I did indeed. It was very moving. I was reading a part of it while lunching and a passage made me stop chewing and put my fork done. There is so much here that would help us all. If I could afford it I would give a copy to all the people who make the decisions in Washington D.C. to sacrifice their young, physically, mentally, emotionally and in many other ways. Everyone should read this.
What is with the title of the review? I feel that this is the most important book that I read this year and will influence my life going forward and I will be reading it again and again.