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Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
Matterhorn is set in Vietnam in 1969. Second Lt. Waino Mellas is placed in charge of a Marine platoon. Mellas sees the assignment as both an opportunity to prove something to people back home and as a steppingstone for his career. His men take Matterhorn, a hill near the DMZ and Laotian border. After fortifying their position, they're ordered the abandon the hill and take part in a brutal jungle battle, only to be reassigned to take Matterhorn again, now fortified with the enemy. Amid racial tensions, soldiers willing to murder other soldiers or officers, poor supplies and food, incompetent military leaders who plan battles that are strategic to their careers instead of the war, and a jungle and enemy conspiring to kill them, the men of the platoon, Mellas included, realize their survival lies with each other. Karl Marlantes debut novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Matterhorn is a raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history."