Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

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4 - Good Review


I was unexpectedly sucked into this novel of the Marines as I was proofreading it. The book has a double glossary in the back, and I highly suggest you read this before you read the story. It was my coming of age era for war, and I saw the way we treated the soldiers both here and upon return. A very big factor in the military which is constantly confronted in the book is the racism that was so prevalent. Major characters struggle with this theme throughout the whole book. Of course, there's no resolution to it. Another factor was that the majority of "grunts" (foot soldiers) were mere teenagers, not yet old enough to drink in the US, and at that time, also not old enough to vote. (Voting age was still 21.) The author consistently draws our attention to the youth who were making serious tactical decisions by calling them "kids." There was rarely a reference to "men" unless it was to describe older officers who'd been in prior wars. Like the war itself, the book just starts with the main character being dropped into combat and ends with the war going on… For those who want to know more about the era, the reality of the famous Marines, even the casual references to the safety of using Agent Orange to defoliate parts of the jungle, I recommend adding this book to your reading list.