The Village by Bing West audiobook

The Village

By Bing West
Read by Peter Berkrot

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9.83 Hours 1
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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

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Author Bio: Bing West

Author Bio: Bing West

Bing West, a Marine combat infantryman, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former assistant secretary of defense. His bestselling books have won many awards.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English