Tim O’Brien is a writer who lives in Texas and teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos. Mr. O’Brien is the author of several acclaimed semi autobiographical works including “The Things They Carried” which was about the Vietnam war.
As in many cases with books about the Vietnam War, Tim O’Brien’s book was based on real life experiences he had. Mr. O’Brien was drafted into the military and was sent to Vietnam, and I just can’t imagine what that must have been like. But because he wrote such famous books about his experiences there, readers can at least get an idea of what life was like for a soldier in the Vietnam war. I read that he tries to avoid discussing the politics of the war, but that must be difficult for him. I mean, in a case like this, how can he not have an opinion about what happened? I know people in Chicago who ever even served in the military and they have opinions. And I know people in Chicago who did go to Vietnam and they have opinions, too. But if you want to know what Tim O’Brien thinks the best thing to do is pick up a copy of The Things They Carried and form your own judgment based on his writings.