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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

Abstraction may make your head believe, but a good story, well told, will also make your kidneys believe, and your scalp and your tear ducts, your heart, and your stomach, the whole human being.


Books about the Vietnam War

  • Appy, Christian G. Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. New York: Viking, 2003.
  • Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. New York: Viking, 1983.
  • Langguth, A. J. Our Vietnam/Nuoc Viet Ta: A History of the War, 1954-1975. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
If you liked The Things They Carried, you might also enjoy:
  • Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers, 1974
  • Michael Herr's Dispatches, 1977
  • Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War, 1977
  • Robert Olen Butler's A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, 1992
  • Thom Jones's The Pugilist at Rest, 1993
  • Tobias Wolff's In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War, 1994
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