The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam

  • by Douglas Valentine
  • Narrated by Bob Souer
  • 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A shocking expos of the covert CIA program of widespread torture, rape, and murder of civilians during America’s war in Vietnam, with a new introduction by the author. In the darkest days of the Vietnam War, America’s Central Intelligence Agency secretly initiated a sweeping program of kidnap, torture, and assassination devised to destabilize the infrastructure of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of South Vietnam, commonly known as the “Viet Cong.” The victims of the Phoenix Program were Vietnamese civilians, male and female, suspected of harboring information about the enemy - though many on the blacklist were targeted by corrupt South Vietnamese security personnel looking to extort money or remove a rival. Between 1965 and 1972, more than eighty thousand noncombatants were “neutralized,” as men and women alike were subjected to extended imprisonment without trial, horrific torture, brutal rape, and in many cases execution, all under the watchful eyes of US government agencies.Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with former participants and observers, Douglas Valentine’s startling expos blows the lid off of what was possibly the bloodiest and most inhumane covert operation in the CIA’s history.The ebook edition includes “The Phoenix Has Landed,” a new introduction that addresses the “Phoenix-style network” that constitutes America’s internal security apparatus today. Residents on American soil are routinely targeted under the guise of protecting us from terrorism - which is why, more than ever, people need to understand what Phoenix is all about.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

More aptly named "The Acronym Program"

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More concentration on the story and less on the minutia of using abreviated language and acronyms to a cloying extent.

What was most disappointing about Douglas Valentine’s story?

It read more like a military report than a novel.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bob Souer?


Any additional comments?

Some sentences in this book seemed to have more acronyms than real words and I found this caused the story to drag and was annoying to the point of distraction. As a Vietnam vet I expected this book to both entertain and inform. It did niether.

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- Thomas N. Suciu

I expected too much. It delivered too little.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. This is a tedious book to go through. I really wanted to know about the "Phoenix" program. I did not want to know a step by step progression TO THE Phoenix program. I got to chapter 13 or 14 and had had enough. For example, if I wanted to know about "Los Angeles" and someone took me one step at a time (literally) from Chicago to L.A., how long could I possibly listen to it and still be interested? "Take your left foot and put it here and then take your right foot and put it there -- this all leads to Los Angeles!" If anyone could get to chapter 13 or 14 on any subject and still know absolutely NOTHING about that subject, something is definately wrong!

What could Douglas Valentine have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Start with outlining what the Phoenix program really was. Break it down into its political, moral, economic and other various subsections. Then expound on those divisions through more specific examples.Next, explain how the Phoenix program was more about control, power and money with specific examples from devastated Vietnam. Mr. Valentine could also explain how our government is currently making similar programs against its own citizens and what we can do to stop them before we end up devastated like Vietnam.

Which character – as performed by Bob Souer – was your favorite?


Could you see The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. It would fail.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to know about this program. I wanted to see where mistakes were made and how we could avoid them today. I'm left uninformed.

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- Ralph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios