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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.


Tim O'Brien (Copyright Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin)

Sources

Anonymous. "The My Lai Massacre." PBS's American Experience: Vietnam Online. Website. (accessed December 15, 2008).

Harris, Robert R. March 11, 1990. "Too Embarrassed Not to Kill." The New York Times. Website. (accessed December 15, 2008).

O'Brien, Tim. October 2, 1994 "The Vietnam in Me." The New York Times. Website. (accessed December 15, 2008).

Excerpts from THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien. Copyright © 1990 by Tim O’Brien. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Acknowledgments

Writer: Molly Thomas-Hicks for the National Endowment for the Arts

Series Editor: Molly Thomas-Hicks for the National Endowment for the Arts

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