Matterhorn ~ A Novel on the Vietnam War

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  1. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    MATTERHORN ~ a novel on the Vietnam War by Karl Malantes. Ever hear of it? A vicarious absorption of horror and sublime human moments of jungle warfare.
    I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a detail account of military engagement at the hills of Matterhorn, as described brilliantly by Karl Malantes.
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  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Thank you. That will be my next read.
     

  3. yingpin

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    PanBacca,

    I agree, that book was really a great read. I read that novel last year and it painted a picture of the war that showed how bad things were. It was a different perspective.

    I read that novel after I read the WWII novel Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand. If you have not read that one yet, pick it up and I would bet that you cant put it down. I was facinated by this book and some others thought that it was a fabrication of the truth of how brutal things were as a POW. I can't imagine how anyone can go throug the things they did.
     
  4. VikingGuy

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    I am always on the lookout for something to read. Going to put these two on the list.
     
  5. jordan89

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    Put it on my list.
     
  6. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    It will be on my reading list. Thanks for the heads-up. :)
     
  7. 7point62

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    I normally steer clear of books about Vietnam because they hit too close to home...but maybe I'll give this one a look. I haven't read a Nam book since We Were Soldiers... and that one caused me a few sleepless nights.
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Upon going to Amazon to buy both books recommended in this thread I came across this book. It was actually written by the man who is the subject of Laura Hilenbrand's book, Louis Zamperini. You all might want to check this out, too. I ordered it along with the two other books recommended here. I already own "We Were Sodliers".

    http://www.amazon.com/Devil-My-Heels-Olympians-Astonishing/dp/0062118854/ref=dp_ob_title_bk


    Here is another book I own that I recommend for a very insightful read from our men and women who were in Vietnam. Some made it back, some didn't.

    http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Vietn...3900/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1335884098&sr=8-8
     
  9. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    'Letters from Vietnam' was a documentary done by HBO showcase with an array of actors & actresses reading each of them.
     
  10. barneygoogle

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    Thanks for the heads up, but I prefer cowboy books. I didn't know any of them.:rolleyes:
     
  11. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Could have gone without saying.
    Kinda pissed me off.
     
  12. Ranger-6

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    Yea, another book about people killing people, that's all we get to read about ever since the bible was written. The bible, the most violent book ever written and taught in our churches to teach people how to get along with other people. Go figure...
     
  13. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    yeah me too.
     
  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    My books arrived from Amazon today. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  15. Shoobee

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    Body Count by 1Lt William T. Huggett is the gold standard.

    "Deep in the elephant grass, the wind never stirred... ."
     
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