“War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.” (Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried)
Ah, war stories . . . tales of heroism, bravery, and friendship forged in the heat of combat; a sweet homecoming won by a hair’s breath; and an uplifting moral. If these are the ingredients you want in a war story, check out your latest Hollywood war flick. The war stories you’re about to read are much less morally satisfying, and so much more fulfilling.