The Village

  • by Bing West
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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 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.

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What the Critics Say

"A minor classic about war." (The Washington Post)

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Customer Reviews

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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.


Which scene was your favorite?

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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- Jonathan P. Showalter "SHOWEEZY"

A Proud Heritage

This was required reading for my unit prior to deployment to Iraq in 2005. The subtle aspects of counterinsurgency learned in this book served us well. It was nothing learned in a classroom or tactical setting per se, but living with other human beings you start to care for. It is said these are not more of the stories remembered from questionable wars.

Semper Fidelis Marines.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio