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The author, Karl Marlantes, tells us that he suffers from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as do many other veterans who have been to war. PTSD is not a condition that has only war as its reason for presenting itself. Marlantes feels that men and women who go to war should be prepared by someone who is capable of explaining the horrors that are a part of war. The young men at age 18, who cannot drink, can go to war and kill. The government targets this young age group because this group, for the most part, have not even thought about their own mortality. They are READY to take up a weapon and wipe out those bastard's who flew into the NYC Twin Towers and killed upwards of 3000 men, women and children. Marlantes contends that before a person signs on the dotted line he or she should be told that they will face death if they go to war. We are raised in America to understand that life is precious. Our moral conscience is telling us that killing another human being is wrong and against God's law. Do unto other's as you would have them do unto you, that is the mantra that American's are raised on. Thou shalt not kill, is one of the commandments that we are taught from a very early age. Could you look another man, woman or child in the eyes and pull the trigger without consequences to your mind after coming home. Yes, soldier's are told to kill someone who is carrying an AK47 anywhere on their person by the DOD. The Taliban will use a child by strapping a bomb to her and detonating it while she stands around the American soldier's giving candy to the kid's in Afghanistan. The fundamentalist Afghan's put no value on life. While war is being fought, it's a known fact that one kills or is killed. Marlantes acknowledges that he felt powerful when he was able to kill someone. That power made him want to kill more.
However, when a person's time in a war is over, he or she has to come home to a society that morally as well as criminally, will not condone killing. Walking through the battlefield after a conflict and gathering the dead in a pile, can make for some anxious and frightening dreams, whether awake or asleep. Taking a gun and aiming it at a fallen enemy who has not yet died and shooting him in the head, might create a feeling of power but at a later time may come back and haunt the man or woman who did the deed.
Marlantes tells us that perhaps someone will listen and will at least provide our would-be soldier's with sufficient knowledge, allowing them to make a concerted decision about participating in a war. The Vietnam veterans were not given a choice, they were drafted. Marlantes tells us that the soldier's of today are better trained in the mechanics of warfare but are still lacking in the moral and spiritual ways that war can torment a veteran for life.
Marlantes pulls no punches in his memoir. He is up front and honest. He hopes that maybe a young person who is considering joining the military will be given an opportunity to read his book. The warrior's of today need help before going to war, in the hopes that they will not suffer from PTSD after they come home.
Malantas brings into light what it is to go full cycle with from wanting to be a warrior, to being a warrior and to finally realyzing the price you pay . He has come a long way on his trip , Freddy 60 - 68 Semper Fi
All the fallen real warriors. That never made it back to tell their story. Malantas was here to let us know the real deal.
Matterhorn is one of the best books I have ever listened to and I guess I expected this to be a story about Karl Marlantes preparing for and getting ready to go to war. It is not. The book is well written and has a good purpose and, being a former soldier, I think it says a lot young men going to war need to hear however the reader needs to be prepared for what they are going to hear/read. I think another title would have been more appropriate. I hope Mr. Marlantes continues to write.
I felt the pain and shame of war.
Facing the enemy eye to eye and someone must die. In a way we die or part of us dies.
Felt like he wrote the book - he was the authors voice.
Too many to single out.
I highly recommend reading this one.
PSavage MD CAPT USN retired
Yes. A good book is one you can go back over and over again and learn something new
everything. my girlfriend and i still talk about weeks after listening to it
its all put together beautifully
it needs to be read by everyone. i recommended this book to an old school hippie and he loved it. he is making his students read as a requirement for his course. this book is a must
Say something about yourself!
Get a full, real, HUMANE experiance in humanity.
As a survivor of post Tramatic Stress syndrom from the environment within my father from WWII and Korea tours I can not allow anyone not to read this experiance.
Please read, listen and think.
Marlantes' insight into what it is to be a battlefield killer is powerfully frank and intensely thoughtful. Going well beyond superficialities of matters like political pacifism or hawkism, he speaks unflinchingly of the horrible but unavoidable necessities of war at the personal level, its impact on the individual psyche and its possibly righful place in personal philosophy (and sometimes its ramifications in popular culture). It is not pro-war. It is not anti-war. It is, rather, a sane look into the primal darkness that can be called upon within us all. Profound content and excellent narration. Easily one of my most satisfying Audible purchases.
It did just what the title said! It tells you what it is like. Not focused on blood and guts but whats going on in you head. What we are taught about killing and how we process that in war.
The references to historical great leaders in war and what they said about war.
Yes and no. I hated to stop and yet I needed to take time out and think about it from time to time.
I think this should be mandatory for everyone to better understand our veterans, what they have been through, what they go through upon their return and how we can help to make it better for them.
I have always wondered how a person deals with killing another person in the line of duty. This book gives me a glimpse of the mental torment that goes through the mind of a soldier during and after a battle. Karl Marlantes is a gifted writer who is able to put into words both the horror and exhilaration of war. Our armed services should heed Karl's advice to better prepare our soldiers for war on an emotional basis with the hopes of avoiding post tramatic syndrome. This is profoundly insightful book which draws on Karl's personal experiences as he graples with the social, moral, and spirtual tension of being a warrior and a human being.
Thought provoking account of the Marine experience in Vietnam and psychological effects of war on young men.Found myself remembering memories and feelings I thought long forgotten.Sould be required reading for current military leaders and those thinking of joining the military.Content applies to all wars.