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The 25th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War: Vietnam Vet Tim O'Brien Explores Brutal Truths of War through Fiction.

Novelist Tim O'Brien. He was writing about Vietnam long before it became fashionable to do so. His Vietnam memoir, "If I die in a Combat Zone," was published in 1973. O'Brien's 1979 novel "Going After Cacciato" was praised for its depiction of the Vietnam War. It also was the surprise winner of the 1979 National Book Awards -- beating out books by John Irving and John Cheever. He's also written the novels, "Northern Lights," and "The Nuclear Age." His other books are, "The Things They Carried," and "Tomcat in Love." (REBROADCAST from 3/22/90)

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Other segments from the episode on April 21, 2000

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 21, 2000: Interview with Tim O'Brien; Interview with Horst Faas and Tim Page; Interview with Oliver Stone; Interview with Maya Lin.

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