Hell in a Very Small Place

  • by Bernard B. Fall
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Midway, and Tet, the battle at Dien Bien Phu - a strategic attack launched by France against the Vietnamese in 1954 after eight long years of war - marked a historic turning point. By the end of the 56-day siege, a determined Viet Minh guerrilla force had destroyed a large tactical French colonial army in the heart of Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese victory would not only end French occupation of Indochina and offer a sobering premonition of the US' future military defeat in the region but would also provide a new model of modern warfare in which size and sophistication didn't always dictate victory.
Before his death in Vietnam in 1967, Bernard Fall, a critically acclaimed scholar and reporter, drew upon declassified documents from the French Defense Ministry and interviews with thousands of surviving French and Vietnamese soldiers to weave a compelling account of the key battle of Dien Bien Phu. With Fall's thorough and insightful analysis, Hell in a Very Small Place has become one of the benchmarks in war reportage.


What the Critics Say

"A thorough account of a brave, sanguinary battle that has since turned out to have immense historic importance." (The New Yorker)


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Customer Reviews

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Chien Thang Dien Bien Phu!

Had a hard time feeling bad for the French colonial forces. Really picked up towards the end as the fortress fell.
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- Donald

History little known by Americans

This is a superb book i love history and finding this gem. I had heard of the battle and what it repressed but not the whole story. If you are a history buff this is a great addition to your library.
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- Mike Harbour

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio