Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ben Fountain talks about his novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It tells the story of Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native who became a war hero after he survived an intense firefight in Iraq. He and his fellow survivors are being honored during the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, and over the course of the day he begins to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers both dead and alive.


Ben Fountain

Comments [1]

jgarbuz from Queens

I'm sorry that your guest revealed his true colors when he stated that "War is a big business." The Korean war, the Vietnam war, the Iraqi war were all waged just for business interests? I'm very sorry that he feels that way. It's an old accusation that was used even after WWI, when many pacifists also claimed that we went to war only for business interests to enrich themselves. He sells his elected leadership short if he really believes that.

Aug. 28 2012 01:20 PM

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