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27 essential Memorial Day books
27 essential Memorial Day books

Memorial Day is meant to give Americans a time to remember the veterans and fallen soldiers of our many wars. The Los Angeles Times’ Book section has chosen these 27 books – novels and nonfiction, some stories absurd, others painful – as essential to understanding the American fighters’ experience. Ernest Hemingway, Phil Klay, Kurt Vonnegut and Tim O'Brien took their own war experiences to create now-classic fiction; Evan Wright and Martha Gellhorn were journalists on the front lines. This list goes back to the Civil War and continues to the present day, when American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have returned, not always easily, back home. 1....

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