1. 10

    Really important books to me are the classics. I try very hard to read them well - you know, especially once I got serious about writing.

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  2. 9

    Once we recognize our shadow's existence we must resist the enticing step of going with its flow.

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    I don't want any romantics to go into the military. I'm not a pacifist. I think we need a military, and the better one we have, the better off we are. I don't want kids going in there thinking that it's John Wayne on Iwo Jima. That's not healthy.

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    Vietnam was the first time that Americans of different races had to depend on each other. In the Second World War, they were segregated; it was in Vietnam that American integration happened in the military - and it wasn't easy.

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    Victory in combat is like sex with a prostitute. For a moment you forget everything in the sudden physical rush, but then you have to pay your money to the woman showing you the door. You see the dirt on the walls and your sorry image in the mirror.

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    It won't hurt you. It's just to kill plants. It's called Agent Orange...and it won't bother humans.

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    We all want to be special, to stand out; there's nothing wrong with this. The irony is that every human being is special to start with, because we're unique to start with. But we then go through some sort of boot camp from the age of zero to about 18 where we learn everything we can about how not to be unique.

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    When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting.

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  9. 2

    War is society's dirty work, usually done by kids cleaning up failures perpetrated by adults.

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  10. 1

    I began writing 'Matterhorn' in 1975 and for more than 30 years I kept working on my novel in my spare time, unable to get an agent or publisher to even read the manuscript.

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  11. Last Update: 31 January 2023

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