Matterhorn Book Review
I listened to this book on the recommendation of a good friend who has a son in the Marine Corps. It gave me a glimpse of what it is like for soldiers in combat. The book is very well written and moves quickly. It is a heavy topic that is spiced with variables I didn’t realize were so pervasive in military combat such as racial tension, ambition, dubious leadership, futility. Yet mixed with all of the bad is a powerful and gripping love that only a soldier in arms could ever know.
It was hard to digest knowing that this is what one of my sons is getting into. Some of it was terribly brutal. But of course that’s what war is and will always be. I salute anyone who serves in our military and today I especially salute Mr. Marlantes a war hero who brought me into his world for a moment in time.
A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Karl Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. His perspective is multi-faceted and riveting.
I rate it 4/5 Brains
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