‘In My Work, It Always Comes Back to the Jungle’
Before he joined the Army, astronomy major Joe Haldeman had hoped to become a scientist. Combat duty in Vietnam left him with a bullet wound, a Purple Heart, and a burning desire to become a writer. The result has been 28 novels—heavily influenced by the war—including the award-winning The Forever War , one of the most widely read antiwar books of our time. Both his passion and his wry sense of humor show up in this essay.