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The Book 'Things They Carried.'
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Tim O'BrienWilliam Timothy O'Brien was born in Austin, Minnesota, in 1946. O'Brien credits his library-board-member father and his elementary-teacher mother with fostering his love for books and his belief in the power of stories to tell truths. His budding literary interests, plus his devotion to baseball--he played shortstop on a little league team coached by his father--led to O'Brien's first writing attempt at around the age of 10: "Timothy of the Little League"! 

At 18, O'Brien enrolled at Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in political science. He became active in campus politics and was elected president of the student body during his senior year. As the Vietnam War escalated during O'Brien's college years, he took part in some minor anti-war demonstrations, but those demonstrations were not yet of the intensity of the protests that would soon rock college campuses. 

The summer after O'Brien graduated from Macalaster, he received his draft notice, and in February 1969, he was sent to Vietnam. He served a 13-month tour of duty, during which he earned a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star (for rescuing a wounded comrade under fire), and the Combat Infantry Badge. 

After his discharge from the Army, O'Brien studied American military intervention at Harvard, worked as a journalist for The Washington Post, and continued writing about his war experiences, which he had begun to do while still in Vietnam. 

O'Brien has been hailed as "the best American writer of his generation" (San Francisco Chronicle). He is the author of Going After Cacciato, winner of the 1979 National Book Award in fiction, and The Things They Carried, which was named by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 1990, received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1993, the French edition of The Things They Carried received the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. His book In the Lake of the Woods was named by Time magazine as the best novel of 1994. The book also received the James Fennimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times

Tim O'Brien is the 2005-2006 Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University, San Marcos. 

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