Just finished reading: What It Is Like To Go to War by Karl Marlantes.
He is a Vietnam Combat Veteran, and Marine that not only explores the details of war, but the ritual, religion and literature that prepares the ‘warrior’ to go to war. It is a book of ‘self-examination’ diving into Homer, Mahabharata to Jung. The book is hard to put down. It is a clear headed analysis of the ‘horror’ of war and he pulls no punches. He is not an apologist for his time in Vietnam. However; he is very clear how his opinions changed over the years, and gives examples why they changed.
He is a very strong advocate on preparing the Soldier with psychological and spiritual means for what he describes as their ‘journey.’
He met Joseph Campbell in a bar and had a discussion of his time in Vietnam.
Oh, how I wish I was there buying the drinks.