Karl Marlantes served as a marine in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts. His books include Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War.


The Born Soldier

Canadian troops entering combat in World War I

In his classic war memoir, Storm of Steel, Ernst Jünger writes about many things other than combat, but all take us into the trenches as he saw them. He writes about fear and panic. He writes about having to live outside, just like a wild animal. Jünger sees the beauty and perhaps you will see it too. This doesn’t need to change how you judge war; coral snakes and tsunamis are beautiful too.