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The Washington Post A minor classic about war.
The New York Times 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.
Charles B. MacDonald Author of Company Commander Unquestionably the best book to come out of the Vietnam war -- human, compassionate, suspenseful, dramatic.
Peter Braestrup Author of Tet A superbly honest, readable work that goes beyond journalism to become good literature.
Washington Post Book Review This is the way Vietnam should have been fought -- by tough volunteers who lived alongside the Vietnamese....It will take the sternest idealogue 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.
Keith William Nolan Author of The Battle for Saigon and A Hundred Miles of Bad Road One of the small handful of truly great books to come out of the Vietnam war.
Pacific Affairs Pure Hemingway in the best sense of that characterization....West brilliantly portrays the drama of a war few Americans have known.
Leatherneck Magazine A fantastic, down in the mud and crud book of enlisted Marines fighting to defend a village....West tells of some of the victories and the tragic cost. And he tells it well.
Francis J. "Bing" West served in Vietnam as a Marine infantry officer, and later as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Dean of Research at the Naval War College, an analyst at the RAND Corporation, and a lead CNN commentator during Desert Storm. He is currently president of the GAMA Corporation. A frequent contributor to defense journals, West is also the author of Small Unit Action in Vietnam, and Naval Forces and National Security. His new novel, The Pepperdogs, is available from Simon & Schuster. Visit his Web site at www.westwrite.comSee all Editorial Reviews
Amazing perspective of the little-known Combined Action Units of the Vietnam War. Makes you think of what outcome could have manifested should all US commanders had implemented... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jeremy S
This book mentioned my brother in it neromus times, Franklin Lummis, I really enjoyed it. Thanks Bing West.Published 21 days ago by Stormie Lummus
Am I the only Vietnamese writing review about this book? I belong to the generation who was born during the war but too young to remember anything about it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trung Tran
Probably the best Viet Nam book ever written. Bing West can count on me reading many more of his novelsPublished 2 months ago by CATHY BARBER
Vietnam provided an early example of Marine Corps advisors working with the populace: the Combined Action Platoon described in this book is one example. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Hermann
unusual book on the Veitnam War. Shows how some very dedicated U.S. Marines tried to make a differance in some villagers lives amidst the chaos of a very bad war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert B. Shields
I was a Cap commander in second CAG and found the book Fantastic and hard hittingPublished 5 months ago by Jim Farmer