- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston
- Date published: 1990
- Format: Hardcover
Octavo, , 273pp. Black cloth, black boards, title in gilt on spine, author's signature stamped in gilt on front cover. Full number line listed on copyright page. Solid text block, unmarked pages, a fine example. In publisher's dust jacket, $19.95 retail price on front flap, a slight amount of shelf wear, a near fine example. Signed by the author on the title page, inscribed "To Rozzy, Peace. Tim O'Brien / 22 Nov. 98." The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories about an American platoon fighting in the Vietnam War, primarily based on the experience O'Brien had while serving as a member of the 23rd Infantry Division.