I've never been a huge fan of war stories, but this book had me completely hooked. Tim O'Brien is a Vietnam vet, and he used his experiences to write partially fictional short stories over the years. The Things They Carried is a reworking of those stories. It includes lots of commentary from the author himself, walking you through everything that happened and giving you a glimpse of what war is actually like. From beginning to end, I was enthralled with his story. The way he explains his feelings and describes the horrors he saw - and the way he describes scenes as if you're there living it with him - will have you both horrified and wanting more. I definitely recommend it.
Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.