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Publisher's Summary

From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict: Philip Caputo, Tim O'Brien, and Gustav Hasford.

In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells his story of the war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier.

In the tradition of The Naked and the Dead and The Thin Red Line, Close Quarters is the harrowing story of how a decent kid from Chicago endures an extraordinary trial and returns profoundly altered to a world on the threshold of change.

©1974 Larry Heinemann; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The best work of fiction to come out of the Vietnam War." (Houston Chronicle)
"Close Quarters can stand with the finest Vietnam writing, fact or fiction." (Chicago Tribune)

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Great book!

I have recently started reading books about Vietnam. This is the best. Very descriptive. Excellent!

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What disappointed you about Close Quarters?

I couldn't even finish. I'm not sure if it was the book or the narration. Both were bad. I think I may have been able to finish the book if it was in paperback but the narration was annoying.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

Not sure.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narration completely ruined it for me.

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