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Good book by the author of Matterhorn. I’ve seen several posts lately about young service members feeling cheated for having missed out on combat, either due to being born a little late for the GWOT or simply bad luck. I encourage any young people out there who share that feeling to read this book. Combat is certainly a unique and life altering experience for most, however as Marlantes points out, it is rarely the transformative experience we expect. This is a great, easy-reading book for anyone interested in understanding what war is like for those who have experienced it on an intimate level. Smoking some Squadron Leader in a Sasieni billiard. #karlmarlantes #matterhorn #bookstagram #bookreview #bibliophile #nonfiction #war #pipesmoking #pipesmokingcommunity #tobaccopipe #sasienipipes #igtpc #gwot #combat #bookworm #book #pipesandpages #keepreading

Good book by the author of Matterhorn. I’ve seen several posts lately about young service members feeling cheated for having missed out on combat, either due to being born a little late for the GWOT or simply bad luck. I encourage any young people out there who share that feeling to read this book. Combat is certainly a unique and life altering experience for most, however as Marlantes points out, it is rarely the transformative experience we expect. This is a great, easy-reading book for anyone interested in understanding what war is like for those who have experienced it on an intimate level. Smoking some Squadron Leader in a Sasieni billiard. #karlmarlantes  #matterhorn  #bookstagram  #bookreview  #bibliophile  #nonfiction  #war  #pipesmoking  #pipesmokingcommunity  #tobaccopipe  #sasienipipes  #igtpc  #gwot  #combat  #bookworm  #book  #pipesandpages  #keepreading 

21 Comments:

  1. tylerjamescarroll

    I just gave my copy to a friend who is a practicing psychologist. She’s never experienced war nor has any family members that have been, yet she sees dozens of veterans. She read the book in 3 days and has now made it a mandatory read for all of her counselors that practice under her. Such a great book. Glad you’re back!

  2. iasinvladimir

    I like the books about wars, but more historical instead of fiction. Especially I'm interested in WW-I. And I LOVE Squadron Leader of SG.

  3. grothtomicbomb

    I’d actually disagree. He points out that combat is in fact a transformative experience that is not often enough treated as such. He describes the post and pre combat rituals of pre Christian warriors as a reason why they dealt with that experience better than today’s warriors. He also describes combat as enough of a transformative experience that people achieve transcendence through it (or creation, though more often destruction), quoting Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “I am by nature warlike”, and describing combat as an almost necessary experience to become self actualized.

  4. thewonderlandchapters

    Oh yay that’s good ☺️✨

  5. billierocker

    I count myself lucky that I did not deploy but after getting I out I felt awful for years having to watch my friends go while I was living comfortably in Wiesbaden. I guess I am over it now.

  6. whathesread

    One hell of a setup

  7. kudantv

    Great! 👌

  8. phteven0341

    Matterhorn was great, gonna check this out.

  9. drtutu

    I see books like this and think of getting it for my dad (Marine Corps Vietnam veteran) but then I wonder if it would be uncomfortable. I've never been in combat and can't imagine what it would be like... thoughts? Is it a good gift?

  10. trekandgoseek

    “Missed out on combat”? Smh

  11. talkonactual

    Thanks for sharing this, getting ready to post an essay on this subject in a few days. I’ll have to delay until I get into these pages.

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