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How To Tell a War Story


with David Abrams

author, retired Army journalist

War stories have been around since the day Odysseus came home from the Trojan War. But how much of those stories is true and how much is exaggeration? In his short story about the Vietnam War, “How to Tell a True War Story,” Tim O’Brien wrote: "In any war story, but especially a true one, it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen. What seems to happen becomes its own happening and has to be told that way." Using that as a springboard, Iraq War veteran and novelist David Abrams talks about how and why he turned his combat experience into fiction and what that means for our larger perception of this 21st-century conflict. The talk also touches on how war stories are part of the healing process for wounded warriors.