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Tim O’Brien


Tim O’Brien was born in Austin, Minnesota in 1946. His father was an insurance salesman and his mother a teacher. He studied political science at Macalester College, where he took a B. A. He then spent two years serving in Vietnam. He considered deserting but did not. After Vietnam, he studied at Harvard, working two summers as an intern at the Washington Post. While at Harvard, he published his first two books. He left Harvard without completing his Ph. D. to concentrate on his writing career, which took off with the publication of Going After Cacciato.

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1973 If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
1975 Northern Lights
1978 Going After Cacciato
1985 The Nuclear Age
1990 The Things They Carried
1994 In the Lake of the Woods
1998 Tomcat in Love
2002 July, July
2019 Dad’s Maybe Book
2023 America Fantastica