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If I Die in a Combat Zone (Paladin Books) Paperback – 24 Apr 1995

4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New edition edition (24 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586087990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586087992
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.1 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,768,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By the same author as "Northern Lights", "Going after Cacciato" and "The Nuclear Age", this book presents a first hand account of the author's time spent serving as an infantry sergeant in the Vietnamese War.

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First published in 1973, this intensely personal account of one foot soldier’s tour of duty in Vietnam established National Book Award-winner Tim O’Brien’s reputation as the outstanding chronicler of the Vietnam experience for a generation of Americans.

With simplicity and power he describes the remarkable events that would later inspire his award-winning novels 'Going After Cacciato' and 'The Things They Carried'. From basic training to the front line and back again, he takes the reader on an unforgettable journey – walking the minefields of My Lai, fighting the heat and the snipers in an alien land, crawling into the ghostly tunnels – as he explores the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war no one believes in.

“No one has written about the Vietnam War with the eloquence of Tim O’Brien. 'If I Die in a Combat Zone' may be the single greatest piece of work to come out of Vietnam – on a level with World War II’s 'The Naked and the Dead' and 'From Here to Eternity'.”

“A personal document of aching clarity … O’Brien brilliantly and quietly evokes the foot soldier’s daily life in the paddies and foxholes. A beautiful, painful book.”

“A work of passion and protest which is strong at every point and must be one of the few good things to come out of that desolating struggle.”

“I wish O’Brien did not write so beautifully, for he makes it impossible to forget his book. Years from now it will still have that terrible power to make me remember and to make me weep.”
GLORIA EMERSON, 'New York Times'

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