Perhaps the best book to emerge from the Vietnam War, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a fascinating insight into the lives of the soldiers caught in the conflict. First published in 1973, this intensely personal novel about one foot soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam established Tim O'Brien's reputation as the outstanding chronicler of the Vietnam ...Read MorePerhaps the best book to emerge from the Vietnam War, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a fascinating insight into the lives of the soldiers caught in the conflict. First published in 1973, this intensely personal novel about one foot soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam established Tim O'Brien's reputation as the outstanding chronicler of the Vietnam experience for a generation of Americans. From basic training to the front line and back again, he takes the reader on an unforgettable journey - walking the minefields of My Lai, fighting the heat and the snipers in an alien land, crawling into the ghostly tunnels - as he explores the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war no one believes in.Read Less
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. book: front board a little loose, crimp to top of spine edge, minor bump to bottom corner of boards, less than pinhead size beige speck on top edge near fore-edge. very mild pinkish toning to spine & mild pink toning along & to top edge of boards. dj: faint to mild toning along front flap edges, very mild vertical crease running down front & rear flap, very faint toning along top edge of rear panel & flap, tiny wrinkle to top edge of spine, tiny scuff & wrinkle to bottom edge of rear flap fold. a very adequate reading or collectible copy that is unread in mylar protection. Inscribed by author on title page "Dear Reader, I roused Reno out for the final watch. Tim O'Brien."
His first book, inscribed by the author to a high school classmate, debate partner, and neighbor: "To Jim, / Best wishes--/ memories of old Worthington Sr. High! ! / Regards/ Tim." Rebound in black leather with gold stamping on spine. Slightly cocked; foxing to page edges; near fine. A highly praised memoir of the Vietnam war in which O'Brien uses some of the techniques of fiction to convey the experience of Vietnam from the grunt's perspective with immediacy and power. O'Brien would have been out of "old Worthington Sr. High" for about a decade when this book was published. An important first book; a high spot of Vietnam War literature; and a nice personal inscription.
Second printing. Near fine with slight bump to lower front corner and faint sunning to board edges. In near fine, faintly toned, price clipped dust jacket in mylar cover. Briefly inscribed by the author on the half-title and with PSA-DNA certificate of authenticity. First issue jacket with "0373" code on the rear flap.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. A very sharp copy showing none of the usual fading to the spine. No signs of shelfwear, rubbing or nicks. Price-clipped. In custom-cut mylar cover and shipped in a Multi-D box to prevent corner-bumping. Danbom & Son Books is a member of the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Assn.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
First Edition. Near Fine in a Near Fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Light fading to the baord edges. Jacket in lightly toned, with a shallow diagonal crease to the fron flap. O'Brien's first novel, a key Vietnam title. In a custom cloth clamshell box with leather spine title.
First Printing. Octavo (21cm); olive green paper over boards, quarterbound in yellow cloth, stamped in blind on the front cover with titles stamped in green on the spine; dustjacket; 199pp. A bookplate signed by O'Brien is loosely inserted. A touch of the usual fading to the board edges, with evidence of a previous ownership mark removed at the upper margin of the title page; Near Fine. First issue dustjacket is evenly and subtly toned, with two faint diagonal creases to the lower flap corners; Near Fine. An attractive copy of the author's first novel, and a cornerstone of Vietnam War literature.
Very Good. Condition: Very Good +; "First Printing, stated. 8vo, 199pgs. Book quarter bound in yellow-green cloth with olive paper boards and a helmet blind stamped on front board. Signed by Tim O'Brien with warm regards on front free endpaper. Book is solid and interior is clean and bright. Tail portion of front board is damp stained, causing a small portion to bubble and board to have a slight curve. Light spotting to the cloth on front board. White color illustrated dustjacket is slightly toned at extremities with light wear, top edge of rear cover near spine has a 1" closed tear with some chipping and creasing. Price on corner of front flap is intact. Photos on request encouraged."
First Edition. SIGNED by the author in red ink on the title page. O'Brien's first book, a brutal autobiographical account of his time as a soldier in Vietnam. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket with a price of $5.95 at the top right corner of the front flap.
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