Karl Marlantes attended Yale, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in his senior year of college, and went to Oxford University to continue his studies. After a semester there, however, Marlantes chose to leave school to join many of his peers who were fighting in Vietnam. Marlantes served for a year in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was awarded the Navy Cross, two Navy Commendation Medals for Valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. After leaving Vietnam, Marlantes returned to Oxford where he continued his graduate education, earning an MA in philosophy, politics and education. Marlantes’ most recent book is the non-fiction, What It Is Like to Go to War, which weaves his personal recollections of Vietnam with analysis of the effects of war on those who fight, and how we can better prepare soldiers for the experience of war.