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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.
©2002 Bing West (P)2011 Tantor
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"A minor classic about war." ( The Washington Post)
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4 out of 5 stars
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.

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Noah Glyn on 08-07-18

Great Epilogue

While I thoroughly enjoyed the book as a whole, the epilogue was alone worth the price of admission. The story of the author’s return to the village was deeply moving.

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