I read lots of books on war, inspired by a freshman writing seminar that I took with James Tatum at Dartmouth many years ago. (He turned that seminar into a book.) Here are, in my estimation, the top five books on war:
1. The Illiad by Homer
2. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
3. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
4. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
5. A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
I acknowledge the emphasis on Vietnam, but it seems that war generated some of the greatest writing of any war.
What books do you think I’m missing?