The Literature of War: Who Gets to Tell the Story?
From The Iliad to Dispatches to Black Hawk Down, books about wars determine how they are viewed for generations. What are the rules of writing about war, and who should shape the story? Those who serve? Those who observe? Can a novelist ever tell us things a forward-deployed officer cannot? And what of timing? When is it too soon to draw conclusions about a war? Three novelists and a journalist discuss the challenges of writing about America's wars.
Lea Carpenter Ben Fountain Karl Marlantes Robert D. Kaplan
Festival: 2013

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