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By musical engineer on 04-11-13
telephone book writing
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I'm an avid fan of military history, but this book didn't impress. The underlying story is actually quite compelling: the first test of two very different tactical styles against one another. The execution of this story, however, was lacking in several fundamentals.
First, in this story, space and spatial relationships are important - the shape and slope of various ridge lines, the narrowness of a particular jungle path, etc. The author, however, skips this descriptive foreplay and grabs directly for the "action." As with any other man who skips foreplay, however, the author's end result here is clumsy, shallow and, in a way, embarrassing: the author takes a complex, emotionally strong and terrifying situation, and makes it sound like a bicycle assembly manual.
Second, in any story, people and personal relationships are important. Here, however, the author doesn't bother wasting paper on the individuals involved. Rather, he wastes that paper describing not the individuals involved, but the administrative organizations involved, referring to each in a dizzying blizzard of military acronyms. This all makes one confident that the author has in fact read the appropriate US Army communiqués, but makes one question whether he did anything more than transcribe those communiqués.
All in all, a painfully boring read.
By Charles on 09-22-12
The Hill Fights.
I was in High School at the time but I remembered the articles in the newspapers, about these battles. It was a tough time. Later when I served in Viet Nam I fought in the same areas in I Corp. Tha area is everything they say it is, and more.
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