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
"A minor classic about war." (The Washington Post)
The Village is a good guide for leadership who are looking for guidance in difficult situations.
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.
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.
Story: A classic on COIN in one village (a large entity in Vietnam) and the techniques that were successful if not too late for the disaffect US media and public. A must read / listen for military leaders as well as a civic leaders on the need for multiple lines of effort in any society: security, economics, governance, and communication.
A great story into the depths of an incredible unit operating in a little Vietnam village. You get to know all the characters well, and the battles get intense. The only drawback is that it is a little hard to follow sometimes, most likely due to it being an audiobook, listened to and not actually read by you.
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