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 from Multnomah County Library’s Title Wave Used Bookstore; 9/9/16-9/17/16
Why did I ride this? I first read this in December of last year and was so moved by it that I nominated it for the book group I am part of. So I reread it with a slightly different eye so that I could lead the discussion.
I read Karls’ first book, Matterhorn, back in 2010 and so when a veteran and good writer writes something with a title like this I decided to read this. This is a look at how we as a society can better prepare people to be warriors and then support them better when they return from warfare. He looks at things in a physical, metaphysical, spiritual, psychological and practical sense. This is a book that should be read by everyone. It can be a difficult read as it has some frank discussions about what the author has experienced in combat.