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 ...
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 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.
Third printing. Fine in fine dustwrapper with an insignificant and very faint small stain at the top of the front panel. Inscribed by the author to Richard "Dick" Harwood--national editor and later ombudsman for The Washington Post and a WWII Marine veteran of Iwo Jima: "To Dick, Best wishes & thanks. Tim." O'Brien's very scarce first book, a classic of the Vietnam War. A beautiful copy. See this book in 3D on our site.
Typical but in this case barely noticeable sunning to the very edges of the boards; unknown name, address, and date on the front pastedown completely covered by the inside flap of the dustwrapper. The date "March 1973" would make this a very early copy... O'Brien's first book, rather uncommon in the first printing, SIGNED by the author on the title page.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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