Books Karl Marlantes Books by Karl Marlantes Karl Marlantes has written books about: Nonfiction History & Society Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Karl Marlantes Author Interviews 'Matterhorn' Author On What It's Like 'To Go To War' August 30, 2011 As a Marine in the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes learned to fire an M16, to command a platoon, to fight and to kill. In What It Is Like to Go to War, he comes to terms with the experience of combat: the guilt, the thrill and the challenge of coming home. 'Matterhorn' Author On What It's Like 'To Go To War' Listen · 30:18 30:18 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/140060702/140060691" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews 'Matterhorn': A Beautiful, Brutal Vietnam War Epic April 22, 2010 Karl Marlantes' debut novel, 30 years in the making, follows Waino Mellas, a young Ivy League student sent to Vietnam to lead a platoon. Reviewer Michael Schaub says that Marlantes comes closer than anyone before to capturing the "unrelenting terror and enormity" of the Vietnam War. May-Ying Lam/NPR What We're Reading What We're Reading: March 23 - 29 March 23, 2010 It took Karl Marlantes 30 years to write Matterhorn, an exhaustive and unsparing war novel. Walter Mosley takes up a new detective case in Known to Evil. Also: Dog Boy, fiction inspired by the true story of a feral child, and a new novel about gossipy parents in Brooklyn Heights.