Read, Watch, Listen: Memorial Day

Need something to do this weekend that doesn’t involve driving for hours? Here’s our inaugural list of “Read, Watch, Listen” – our suggestions of books, audiobooks, music, movies, and TV to turn to for a little down time. Here’s what we recommend for Memorial Day weekend:




The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin

  • This nonfiction book takes a look at the lives (including interviews) with some of the last veterans of WWI, talking about their experiences both during and after the war.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

  • An in-the-trenches fictional account of a squad of young men behind the lines in Vietnam.

Redeployment by Phil Klay

  • Klay, a Marine veteran, won the National Book Award for Fiction for his collection of short stories about U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.



Band of Brothers

  • This HBO mini-series introduces viewers to the men of Easy Company and their travails before and after D-Day.


  • The classic film featuring the stories of the men of the 54th Massachusetts, one of the first African-American units to serve during the Civil War.

Hallowed Grounds: America’s Overseas Military Cemeteries

  • Featuring images and stories, this PBS documentary gives viewers a glimpse into the national cemeteries honoring our soldiers in places as diverse as Belgium, Tunisia, and the Phlippines.



Letters from the Greatest Generation: Writing Home in WWII

  • Excerpts from letters of soldiers who fought in virtually all arenas of WWII.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

  • The classical fictional account of the young soldiers of Vietnam and their emotional journeys.

War by Sebastian Junger

  • Explores the neurological, psychological and social elements of combat, as well as the incredible bonds that form between these small groups of men.

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