Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien is an American novelist and short story writer known for his writings about the Vietnam War and its impact. He is best known for his book 'The Things They Carried,' a collection of linked semi-autobiographical stories inspired by his experiences in the Vietnam War. O'Brien's work often explores the nature of truth and the blurring of fact and fiction. His storytelling is marked by a distinctive narrative style and deep emotional undercurrents, reflecting on themes of memory, trauma, and the complexities of wartime experiences.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Things They Carried

    The book is a collection of linked short stories about a platoon of American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. The story is semi-autobiographical, based on the author's experiences in the war. The narrative explores the physical and emotional burdens the soldiers carry during the war, as well as the lingering effects of war on veterans. It delves into themes of bravery, truth, and the fluidity of fact and fiction.

  2. 2. Going After Cacciato

    The novel is a surreal exploration of a young infantryman's experience in the Vietnam War. The protagonist and his squad are tasked with chasing down Cacciato, a fellow soldier who has gone AWOL and is attempting to walk from Vietnam to Paris. The narrative is interspersed with flashbacks and hallucinations, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy as the protagonist grapples with the horrors of war, the concept of courage, and the boundaries of sanity.