Fields of Fire (novel)

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Fields of Fire
Author James Webb
Country United States
Language English
Subject Vietnam War, United States Marine Corps
Genre Historical fiction
Publisher Bantam Books
Publication date
Media type Paperback
Pages 496 pages
ISBN 0-553-58385-9
OCLC 47918691
LC Class CPB Box no. 1963 vol. 23

Fields of Fire is a novel by U.S. Senator Jim Webb, first published in 1978. It follows the lives of several Marines serving in the Vietnam War. It is told mainly from the viewpoints of three Marines: 2nd Lt Robert E. Lee Hodges, who comes from a long line of soldiers; "Snake" (no full name given), a squad leader in Hodges' platoon, a tough kid from the streets; and "Senator" (Will Goodrich), an impressionable and sensitive Harvard student who volunteers for service. The major themes are centered on loyalty, leadership, and the brutalizing effects on people of wartime.