FEATURES: IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE BOX ME UP & SHIP ME HOME BY: TIM O'BRIEN
A) CONDITION BOOK: GOOD- HARD BOUND
B) CONDITION DUST JACKET: GOOD - PRICE CLIPPED BRODART PROTECTED
C) FIRST EDITION SECOND PRINTING - DELACOURT PRESS 1973
D) NOTE: CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF THE VIETNAM WAR BY A VETERAN. HIS FIRST BOOK MARK LEFT BY TAPE ON BOTH FRONT AND REAR DUST JACKET FLAPS. 199 PAGES.
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If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (sometimes printed as If I Die In A Combat Zone or incorrectly as If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home) is an autobiographical account of Tim O'Brien's tour of duty in the Vietnam War. It was published in 1973 in the United States by Delacorte and in Great Britain by Calder and Boyars Ltd. It has subsequently been reprinted by multiple publishers under both titles, most commonly in the latter.
O'Brien takes the reader through a typical day in the life of asoldierin Vietnam. We are briefly introduced to a small number of fellow 'grunts' and the commanding officer of Alpha Company, the rifle company O'Brien was assigned to, one Captain Johansen. (Names and physical characteristics depicted in the book were changed.)
Rather than proceed chronologically, O'Brien takes the reader back to the beginning of his induction into the US Army. The reader learns about theauthor's hometown,Worthington, Minnesota, to which O'Brien moved when he was 9 years old. We are led through his childhood, playing various army games, and learning aboutWorld War IIfrom returned veterans and theKorean Warwhich was taking place at the time.