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4.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bing West Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452672885
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A minor classic about war. The Washington Post
  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/18/2012

    " Very interesting true story of a group of marines putting it all out there to help a small village surrounder by Viet Cong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 4/24/2012

    " This is one of two books I purchased to put onto my eBook reader to take to Australia. I've not read a full book on it yet, so it will be a new experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/15/2012

    " A masterpiece of war reportage and storytelling. Tells in deeply moving and human terms the story of one Marine squad's fight alongside Vietnamese troops to protect one village from the Viet Cong. In so doing it offers a history of the Vietnam War in microcosm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pnorman811 | 6/10/2011

    " No fault of this book that I couldn't finish it. Sometimes there is just too much war. "

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About the Author
Bing West, a Marine combat veteran, served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A nationally acclaimed war correspondent, he is the author of The Village; No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah; The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq; and The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan. Most recently, he was the co-author of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s memoir, Into the Fire. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Infantry Order of St. Crispin, West is the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Colby Award for Military Writers, the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize for military scholarship, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation award (twice), Tunisia’s Médaille de la Liberté, the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Award, the Father Clyde Leonard Award, the Free Press Award, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Newport, Rhode Island.
About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.