In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War

In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679760238
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Edition description: 1st Vintage Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 201,175
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Tobias Wolff lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University. He has received the Rea Award for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.


Northern California

Date of Birth:

June 19, 1945

Place of Birth:

Birmingham, Alabama


B.A., Oxford University, 1972; M.A., Stanford University, 1975

Table of Contents

Part One
Thanksgiving Special
Command Presence
White Man
Close Calls
A Federal Offense

Part Two
The Lesson
Old China
I Right a Wrong
The Rough Humor of Soldiers
Last Shot

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In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a school project and absolutley adored it! It was filled with a dry humor that I could really relate and just an incredible read. I could not put it down. Well worth reading.
picardyrose on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wolff was one of those green young lieutenants who need sergeants to keep their heads straight. He is sorry. He apologizes. Wolff reminds us that, tested by combat, we might prove to be clumsy, dim-witted wimps instead of hero. He was brave to say so. Lovely writing, too.
ChrisElyea on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The author's account of his tour of duty in Vietnam. Wolff served from 1967 to 1968 as a US Army lieutenant advising an Army of the Republic of Vietnam artillery battalion in the Mekong Delta. Introspective and, at times, amusing. However, relative to the many other firsthand accounts of the Vietnam War, Wolff's story is not that interesting.
jcbrunner on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The funny and eminently readable memoir shows the best and worst of the US army during the Vietnam War. On the one hand, it lifted a failed youth out of misery and turned him into an officer and Oxford graduate. On the other hand, the US army destroyed countless lives (both foreign and American) and a country.Written in 1994, the descriptions of an inept, culturally ignorant and disconnected military makes for an eery reading given the current Iraq mess.
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john pattwell More than 1 year ago
This book is a great sequel to Tobias Wolffs This boys life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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