Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes Co-Executive Producer

Karl Marlantes grew up in a small town in Oregon. A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, he served as a Marine Corps Lieutenant in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir and meditation, What It Is Like to Go to WarIn this deeply personal and wrenchingly candid book, Marlantes combines his own life experiences with insights from history, myth, and spirituality to explain, as rarely done before, the complex emotions of what it’s like to be in combat and what it does to the human psyche. Time magazine wrote, “Raw unsettling honesty pervades the book….” The reviewer for Parameters, The U.S. Army War College journal, wrote: “This absolutely unique and lucid personal account and analysis will be read with profit by scholars, general readers, and most particularly, by veterans of close combat.” Considered to be one of the most important 20th century books about the experience of war, What It Is Like to Go to War is part of the curriculum of military academies around the world.

Marlantes’ debut novel Matterhornanother New York Times best seller, is set in Vietnam in 1969 and also draws from Marlantes’ wartime experiences. Mark Bowden, the author of Black Hawk Down, wrote: “There has never been a more realistic portrait or eloquent tribute to the nobility of men under fire.” James Patterson, in his Time magazine review, wrote: “The most tone-perfect story about the war [I’ve] ever read. I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes for the Vietnam War what All Quiet on the Western Front was to World War I.” Matterhorn was awarded the American Historians James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical American Fiction. Malantes lives with his wife, Anne, on a lake near Duvall, Washington, where he is currently working on Big River, an expansive novel set in the rough world of the Pacific coast logging industry at the turn of the last century.