Start reading Village of Ben Suc on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available
 

Village of Ben Suc [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Schell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $9.78
Sold by: Random House LLC

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.78  
Hardcover --  
"A Kim Jong-Il Production"
Paul Fischer offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea’s history. Learn more

Book Description

BEN SUC was a relatively prosperous farming village thirty miles from Saigon, on the edge of the Iron Triangle, the formidable Vietcong stronghold.  It had been “pacified” many times, but because of security leaks no Vietcong were ever captured, and it always reverted to them.  Therefore on January 8, 1967, American forces launched a surprise assault kept secret even from their South Vietnamese allies.  The plan was to envelop the village, to seal it off, to remove its inhabitants, to destroy its every physical trace, and to level the surrounding jungle.
   Jonathan Schell accompanied the operation from its beginning to its successful but dismal end, and reports it in depth as he saw it.  This time no one slipped away.  The story of the bewildering task of separating the V.C. from ordinary villagers is the dramatic core of the first part of this book.
   The 3,500 villagers were moved to a refugee camp in Phu Loi, a barren, treeless “safe” area, with only what possessions they could carry.  The bulldozers went to work and flattened every building.  For security reasons no advance preparations had been made, and the move became a human and administrative nightmare.  The people of Ben Suc were farmers, and there was nothing for them to do at Phu Loi, Mr. Schell offers vivid portraits of one individual after another—women, children, old men—as they are pacified and sink into apathy and despair.
   Here is an overwhelmingly affective narrative of American skill and good intentions squandered in a cause made hopeless by misunderstanding, by resistant traditions, and by cultural gaps not only between ourselves and the villagers, but between them and the Saigon government.  Mr. Schell’s report is devastating.


Product Details

  • File Size: 907 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (March 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GZKQ8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
(2)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Suc June 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although this book was written quite a while ago it still stands to remind us of the folly of war. We destroyed the village to "save" it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 24, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am completely satisfied with purchases made. Sincerely thanks.Ng.Khoa Thieu
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category