Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Reading: Matterhorn

One of several books. It is the ONE book I  am taking on our trip to Dallas. I pack light, so I choose ONE and only one book. This is it. I've been reading it in chunks since April, and need to focus..so now is the time.

Here is video of Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn, relating the novel to leadership. The book is one of those gripping, can't-put-it-down novels, and is set during the Vietnam war. The talk here is from the Volgeneau Luncheon, a twice yearly event sponsored by my employer, the Stockdale Center at USNA.  Marlantes is a hell of a writer. That's all I can say. Buy the damn book.

 It's going to be 110 degrees in Texas, so, I'm going to take advantage of the inverse of Michigan's winter seasonal Cabin Fever, i.e.; the Texas summer seasonal Cabin Fever, and I'm going to finish reading this book. Too hot to do anything else. I'm about halfway through now.

Marlantes has an amazing ability to put you into the claustrophobic environment of the dense jungle settings of Vietnam. Character development is also psychologically thick, realistic, and pulls you into the minds of these young men.  Read the damn thing!  Buy it already why dontcha?