What’s Mr. Scott’s favorite read? The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien. “The authentic nature of his characters and scenery make for a visceral tour de force of the Vietnam War,” says Mr. Scott. “No book I have read since tugs at the heartstrings with such thoughtful, emotion-filled stories and characters. Anyone who starts The Things They Carried and abandons it abandons their own delicate vulnerability as a human.”
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They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature, and a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.
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