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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (226 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bing West Narrator: Peter Berkro Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Black Hawk Down, the fight went on for a day. In We Were Soldiers Once … and Young, the fighting lasted three days. In The Village, one Marine squad fought for 495 days—and half of them died.

Few American battles have been so extended, savage, and personal. A handful of Americans volunteered to live among six thousand Vietnamese, training farmers to defend their village. Such “Combined Action Platoons” (CAPs) are not a lost footnote about how the war could have been fought; only the villagers remain to bear witness. This is the story of fifteen resolute young Americans matched against two hundred Viet Cong; how a CAP lived, fought, and died; and why the villagers remember them to this day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A vivid and unbiased portrait of one Vietnamese hamlet in the grip of war…Exceptional insight…West has told this story with honesty and without embroidery, while bringing out its inherent human drama.”

    New York Times

  • “This is the way Vietnam should have been fought—by tough volunteers who lived alongside the Vietnamese…It will take the sternest ideologue to remain unmoved by West’s perceptive and human treatment of the men who fought it…It’s an account of brave men at war in a far country, honestly told.”

    Washington Post

  • “Pure Hemingway in the best sense of that characterization…West brilliantly portrays the drama of a war few Americans have known.”

    Pacific Affairs

  • “A superbly honest, readable work that goes beyond journalism to become good literature.”

    Peter Braestrup, author of Tet

  • “Peter Berkrot’s strong baritone reads this work with great confidence. He is steady and projects effortlessness in relating the tales of the deadly cat-and-mouse game the marines and the villagers played with the VC.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Evan | 6/25/2013

    " It's on the CMC's reading list for Corporals and Sergeants for a reason "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee | 11/15/2012

    " As I expected, this was a good read about a little-known aspect of the Vietnam War, the part that was won by the US & GVN by the early '70s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg | 11/11/2012

    " Bing West writes in a style that details the events in a small town in Vietnam as if it were a novel. He goes into a very personal account of the actions and activities of the Marines and Vietnamese forces there. It's an entertaining and informative read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by R.J. Hendrickson | 10/8/2012

    " Really good, one of the best books on the Vietnam War. Quite fascinating about the bravery and leadership shown by these enlisted men. "

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