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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (June 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425089517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425089514
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The authors, BBC journalists, discuss the Vietcong who lived, worked and fought in tunnelsparticularly the ones in Cu Chi, a district just north of Saigonas well as the U.S. Army "tunnel rats," who tried to explore and clear the underground cities. PW found that this book "provides a striking view of a neglected but crucial aspect of the Vietnam war."
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" A claustrophobic but fascinating tale." - The Wall Street Journal " Chilling . . . what war really was and how it was fought." - The New York Times " Gripping . . . highly recommended." - The Philadelphia Inquirer " Remarkable." - The Washington Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

The Tunnels Of Cu Chi was an very interesting book.
KLE1380@aol.com
It tells the story from both sides and what's fascinating is that you clearly sympathize with both sides of the fight.
Pushkin
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of war.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a Tunnel Rat that spent time in the tunnels in the Iron Triangle, the "Tunnels of Cu Chi" recounts many of the episodes that happened in the area.
I used this book to explain the what part of my duties in VietNam was like. It tells the tale with out embelishment nor as a typical war story. I recommend it to all "Rats" familys to give them better understanding of what being a "Tunnel Rat" was like in VietNam.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Craig J. Ferich on September 29, 2006
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The Tunnels of Cu Chi shows the war from both sides.

We fought the way we did because of our one year tour of duty and huge resources. The Vietnamese fought the way they did because of their forever tour of duty and limited resources. And we all did what we had to do.

In the beginning, the Viet Cong fought from the tunnels while we fought a conventional-style war. In some ways each side was fighting a different war. This book shows how things changed as we discovered the truth about the Vietnamese tunnel system.

It tells the story of the tunnels and what everybody was doing in them- the Viet Cong, the American Tunnel Rats, the farmers, the VC support forces- everybody.

The authors include face-to-face stories from both the NVA/Viet Cong and from American fighters that show how we all saw our enemy and how we fought.

If you liked the movie "The Siege of Firebase Gloria", you'll like this book.

It gives an honest view of the war by letting the participants tell their own story, and it helps you draw conclusions about the war that you can live with.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul Antokolsky on July 6, 2000
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This book gives the best account I've read of the tenacity, ingenuity and willingness to sacrifice that typified hard-core Viet Cong cadre. It gives a clear and detailed account of the tunnels; but even more, it offers us the personal, often emotional, stories of the men and women who built, lived in and fought from the tunnels, as well as the Americans who struggled against them. The unflinching accounts of our tunnel rats -- soldiers who had the supremely dangerous job of crawling into these tunnels, alone and armed only with a flashlight and a pistol -- are the most rivetting stories about the war I have seen. As an infantry medic in '68-'69, I never liked going into that area. Now the Tunnels of Cu Chi are preserved as a Vietnamese National Park, celebrated as a monument to both engineering and the human spirit. This book explains why.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian on April 6, 2000
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Having read a number of books on the war in Vietnam I was eager to read 'The Tunnels of Cu Chi' when a friend recommended it. I was completely absorbed by the book and could not put it down. The author does a fantastic job presenting the reader with an unbiased account of both the American and Vietnamese experience in the tunnels of Vietnam. I learned a great deal about the life of a Viet Cong guerilla, and why they proved to be such an elusive and destructive adversary.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
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This is a great book which can compliment your viewing of Mickey Grant's 1 hour film shot in Vietnam titled, "The Cu Chi Tunnels." Tom's book also includes much about the "Tunnel Rats". The film deals much more with the Vietnamese side which has been so often not been revealed.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chad R. Reihm on April 27, 2004
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I have to say that this book is a necessary read, but mainly because it is the only one written on the subject. It is well written and very descriptive but I fear the area it is most descriptive about is not what the title implied. I thought this was going to be a history of the tunnel rats when in fact that was only a small part. There is much more praise and accolation for the communist defenders than there is for the rats. I have to say, right up front, that as an American this can be a painful book to read. There are no holds barred when discussing the tunnel defenders point of view...you will hear many stories of Americans being killed ruthlessly. For those who have not come to grip with this war the book may be too much. Some say this account is simply unbiased but I feel that is not true. There seems an subtle leaning towards the american side being 100% in the wrong and the brave tunnel fighters being the heroes...that was disturbing. Maybe this book was necessary as most of those I read are written from the opposite bias but it is disturbing none-the-less. I got the same sort of feeling when I read Chester Wilmots 'struggle for europe', another british history that seemed like it was unfairly taking jabs at America and her soldiers. In summary I feel it is necessary to read this account, since it is the only history of these amazing soldiers, but please go into it knowing you will be disturbed by many things you read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 8, 2000
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This is required reading for every commander and every staff officer, and for every intelligence professional, both at the entry-level and at mid-career. Two things really hit home from this book: 1) the fact that we were completely clueless about the physical, mental, and cultural toughness and dedication of the Vietnamese who opposed our interference in Viet-Nam; 2) the fact that we are completely unable to detect tunnels under our base camps or in the tactical environment (although new technology is coming along). They dug 200 miles of tunnels by hand, including extensive networks under the major Bien Hoa complex.
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