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In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War is a memoir about author Tobias Wolff's experiences in the army during the Vietnam War. As the book is a memoir, Wolff is the primary character, and he tells stories of influential figures he encountered during his service. He discusses his family,...

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In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War is a memoir about author Tobias Wolff's experiences in the army during the Vietnam War. As the book is a memoir, Wolff is the primary character, and he tells stories of influential figures he encountered during his service. He discusses his family, particularly his relationships with his incarcerated father and his younger brother Geoffrey.

Wolff also tells the disturbing tale of Canh Cho, a dog he met in Vietnam. Wolff grew close to Canh Cho. However, as the dog's name translates to "dog stew," Canh Cho met a grisly fate.

Wolff includes the story of a dinner he had with fellow draftee Stu Hoffman and his father. Hoffman's father was against the war and was upset that his son was drafted. Hoffman did not report for duty and was labeled a deserter.

Wolff also discusses the loss of his best friend, Hugh Pierce, who was killed in action.

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