Karl Marlantes on "What it is Like to Go to War"

December 4, 2011

Karl Marlantes was a Rhodes Scholar.  And a decorated Marine who was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts. His novel, “Matterhorn”, won numerous awards and was a bestseller. But before all that, back in 1969, Marlantes was dropped in the middle of a jungle in Vietnam - at the age of 23, put in charge of the lives of 40 other young men. He was not psychologically or spiritually prepared for that or for what came after the war. Marlantes writes about the experience in his book “What it is Like to Go to War.”