50 Books To Read Before You Die

The Things They Carried

Author: Tim O'Brien
Released: 1990
Genre: Short story collection

The Things They Carried is the closest anyone who wasn't in Vietnam during the controversial war will ever get to stepping on the soil and dodging bullets. Written by Vietnam vet Tim O'Brien, and loosely based on his own experiences, The Things They Carried is an anthology-like assortment of haunting, painful, and always heartfelt wartime recollections, narrated by the ever-fascinating "Tim." You can practically hear the explosions ring and casualties scream as each page turns.

Fun Fact: A unit in O'Brien's division was responsible for the notorious My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968, when hundreds of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians (including women, children, and the elderly) were murdered.

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