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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 15 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.
©2002 Bing West (P)2011 Tantor
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"A minor classic about war." (The Washington Post)
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By Jonathan P. Showalter on 09-17-12

An enjoyable read!

Would you listen to The Village again? Why?

The Village is a good guide for leadership who are looking for guidance in difficult situations.

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There are quite a few humorous shenanigans that take place when you bring marines together. Hiding prostitutes from a high ranking officer was my favorite scene. Don't be mislead though, there is a detailed history here of why the Marines are in the village that will satisfy anyone who is curious about Vietnam in the 1960s.

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By robert on 10-18-17

Breathtaking and timeless

Preface, I'm a little biased having a son who's a marine. That out of the way, This book is timeless. It could have been written last year. It is a very even handed account of one group of marines who made a difference! No search and distroy tactics in this book, no exaggerated accounts either. The story is honest and accurate. The unique thing about this book is the lack of negativity. There are sad moments to be sure, but it doesn't bring you down. The sacrifice of these young men was enormous, most gave all. If you like reading about militsry blunders, idiotic government bureaucracy, human nature, and individuals who rose to the occasion... Get this . I believe the tactics used by the Marines in this village were noble and if followed through would have won the war. That doesn't take away from the other Brave men and women who served in that war. It's interesting to note that the Vietnamese attitude towards Americans today is one of friendship and respect. They are possibly the nicest Asians in respect to us. I have to think the sacrifice of these and others who served honorably contributed. A modern book equal and similar to this is "joker one". It's about Marines in Iraq and is also an honest page turning account.

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