Probably one of the greatest books you’ve never read, Matterhorn ($15) takes place during the tumultuous era of the Vietnam War. Reviewed by Amazon as one of the best books of 2010, this novel grips you from the start and will have you utterly engrossed in a story that could easily have been true. Karl Marlantes, a Marine veteran himself, took 10 years to write this book and it shows through the intricacy of the development of characters, namely Lieutenant Waino Mellas, a well-educated young man who aspires for recognition and is thrown into a quagmire of tactical, racial and existential issues. Low on politics and high on the physical and psychological brutality of this particular war, Matterhorn is unrelenting in its storytelling and its true-to-military accuracy. Drop the smartphone, turn off the hi-def TV and sit yourself down in a deep leather armchair with Matterhorn and a good single malt. You’ll be glad you did.
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