Videos: Colby writers address nature
of combat through fiction, recent history © April 8, 2011, Norwich University Office of Communications

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Karl Marlantes and Doug Stanton were two of the outstanding authors who visited Norwich University in late March 2011 for the 16th-annual Colby Military Writers' Symposium.

Authors talked about their recent work, participated in public forums about current events and military issues, traded insights on their craft and met students, staff and alumni from Norwich, the country’s oldest private military college.

Marlantes, who won the Colby prize for his debut novel Matterhorn, spoke of his experiences as a Marine in Vietnam, and how that informed his story about ground-level troops taking a strategic hill. He also pointed out some of the striking differences and similarities between Vietnam and current wars in the Middle East.

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Stanton told the unique story behind Horse Soldiers, his book about a tiny band of U.S. Special Forces operatives that partnered with local militias early on in the war in Afghanistan, successfully driving the Taliban out of the country. He touched on leadership philosophies, and how the loose and improvisatorial model utilized by the Special Forces remains out of touch with most military thinking.

These videos show highlights from their presentations.