What It's Like to Go to War

In conversation with Tom Curwen
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Episode Summary
Having spent the last 40 years examining his experiences in Vietnam, Marlantes, the decorated war veteran and bestselling author (Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War), discusses his visceral new nonfiction book about the psychological and spiritual toll that combat takes on those who fight.

Participant(s) Bio
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. He is the author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, his debut novel which was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and a "Best of 2010" in Time, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and the Washington Post,. His new book is What It Is Like to Go to War.

Thomas Curwen is an award-winning staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where he has worked as the editor of the Outdoors section, as a writer-at-large and an editor for the features sections and as the deputy editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Has has received an Academy of American Poets prize, a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for mental health journalism, and in 2008 he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.