American novelist and non-fiction writer

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A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Karl Marlantes served as a Marine 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 bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like To Go To War  and won the Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the James Webb Award for distinguished fiction, and the William E. Colby Award.

He and his wife Anne live on a small lake in western Washington State.


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Matterhorn is a novel of great authority and humanity. It builds inexorably to a devastating and magnificent final movement.

Charles Frazier
on Matterhorn

A precisely crafted and bracingly honest book.

The Atlantic on What It Is Like to Go to War