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If I Die in A Combat Zone, Box Me up and Ship Me Home

O'Brien, Tim, 1946-

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
If I Die in A Combat Zone, Box Me up and Ship Me Home
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Random House, Inc.
A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels, and to explore the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong. Beautifully written and searingly heartfelt, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a masterwork of its genre.

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Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato , Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels, and to explore the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong. Beautifully written and searingly heartfelt, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a masterwork of its genre.

Baker & Taylor
A candid view of the American military establishment and the Vietnam conflict as witnessed by a foot soldier in the late sixties.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1999, c1975
ISBN: 0767904435
Branch Call Number: B O'Brien
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 21 cm.

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Aug 20, 2011
  • ndp21f rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You add things up. You lost a friend to the war, and you gained a friend. You compromised one principle and fulfilled another. You learned, as old men tell it in front of the courthouse, that war is not all bad; it may not make a man of you, but it teaches you that manhood is not something to scoff; some stories of valor are true; dead bodies are heavy, and it's better not to touch them; fear is paralysis, but it is better to be afraid than to move out to die, all limbs functioning and heart thumping and charging and having your chest torn open for all the work; you have to pick the times not the be afraid, but when you are afraid you must hide it to save respect and reputation. You learned that the old men had lives of their own and that they valued them enough to try not to lose them; anyone can die in a war if he tries.

Aug 20, 2011
  • ndp21f rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There's not much I can say to you," Erik said. "I had this awful suspicion thy'd screw you, make you a grunt. Maybe you can break a leg during advanced training; pretend you're insane." Erik had decided at the beginning of basic to enlist for an extra year so as to escape infantry duty. I had gambled, thinking they would use me for more than a pair of legs, certain that someone would see the value of my ass behind a typewriter or a Xerox machine. We'd joked about the gamble for two months. He had won, I had lost.

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