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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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

Deserves to be a Classic

I titled this review as such because I believe this book has massive relevance to today's world. At a time where policy makers have thus far vacillated on how to deal with today's quagmired theaters of war, Bing West's account of living through a microcosm of victory in the Vietnam War is a treasure of knowledge that we cannot afford to ignore.

Beyond its informative value, the book is also simply thrilling. The story of small platoon half-staffed by handpicked Marines and completed with locals who found a way to stave off the resolve and manpower of much larger NVA and VC forces thrills from chapter to chapter. West's love for both the Marines and the locals they lived, fought, and died beside is impossible not to share. I absolutely urge all who find this book to read it. I will certainly be recommending it to many of my friends.
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- Francis Rogg

Book Details

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